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Title
Vāhalkada: Stele
Creator
Bopearachchi, Osmund
Date Created and/or Issued
2014
Publication Information
Claremont Colleges Library
Contributing Institution
Claremont Colleges Library
Collection
Ancient Cultural Sites and Royal Residences
Rights Information
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License - http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Description
The stele would have been a part of a vāhalkada placed at one end. Pairs of elephants and other figures are on either side of the kalpavrsha (Tree of Life or the World period) issuing from a vase of abundance, which at the top is crowned with figures of three lions. A parasol (a Buddhist emblem and one of the so-called eight auspicious signs) is above the central lion figure.
Type
image
Format
image/jp2
Identifier
acs00459.JPG
http://ccdl.claremont.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15831coll15/id/557
Subject
Stele (Archaeology)
Time Period
In the 1st century BCE and restored many times through the 12th century CE. Vāhalkada built in the reign of King Kanittha Tissa (226-244 CE)
Place
Abhayagiri Monastery: Abhayagiri Stūpa
Anurādhapura
Sri Lanka
Relation
Ancient Buddhist Sites and Royal Residences in Sri Lanka - https://ccdl.claremont.edu/digital/collection/p15831coll15

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