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Title
Vatadāgē: Moonstone, guardstone: seated Buddha statue
Creator
Bopearachchi, Osmund
Date Created and/or Issued
2015
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
Considered the most beautiful edifices in the Daladā Maluva (Sacred Quadrangle) and the entire city, the brick Vatadāgē was built as a protective circular structure with two terraces around a stupa with seated Buddha statues at the cardinal points. The octagonal stone columns, connected by ornamented stone "screens," are on the outside, but others inside would have supported a conical roof of timber. The moonstone, steps with articulated friezes, guardstones, and balustrades are exquisite creations. See signage number 39. Another example of a relatively well-preserved vatadāgē can be viewed at nearby Medirigiriya.
Type
image
Format
image/jp2
Identifier
acs01064.JPG
http://ccdl.claremont.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15831coll15/id/1185
Subject
Buddha
Bas-relief
Sculpture
Statues
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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