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Title
Vatadāgē: Moonstone, north entrance
Creator
de Silva, Preethi
Date Created and/or Issued
1999
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
One of the most beautiful and well-preserved moonstones in the city. Here the earlier order of the carvings of animals in the concentric semi-circles is different to some other moonstones (as often seen at Anuradhapura).Viewed from the stairway side and inward from the outer circle: flame motif, 31 geese, 14 elephants (with trunks held curled or hanging down), 12 horses, scrolled creeper (vine), separated by decorated band and finally lotus petals of the central half-lotus. The vertical bands of the steps are decorated in bas reliefs of ganas (dwarf figures) separated by ornate pilasters. Length: 7 feet, 6 inches. Breadth: 4 feet, 9.5 inches.
Type
image
Format
image/jp2
Identifier
acs01070.jpg
http://ccdl.claremont.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15831coll15/id/1172
Subject
Moonstones
Time Period
12th century CE
Place
Daladā Maluva (Terrace of the Tooth Relic): Vatadāgē
Polonnaruva
Sri Lanka
Relation
Ancient Buddhist Sites and Royal Residences in Sri Lanka - https://ccdl.claremont.edu/digital/collection/p15831coll15

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