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Title
Toluvila Samādhi Buddha Image: Seated Buddha
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
The statue of crystalline limestone is of a seated Buddha in virāsana and displaying the dhyāna mudrā. It would have been the main image in a large shrine room of the monastery and is considered one of the best preserved and greatest sculpted Buddha statues found in Sri Lanka. The eyes are half-closed. Some similarities with Mathura (India) standing Buddha images of the Gupta period include a diaphanous robe and the three ring-like folds of skin around the neck. The face, however, is here ovoid not egg-shaped as in the Mathura image. It would have been the main image in a large shrine room of the monastery. Height: 1.760 meters.
Type
image
Format
image/jp2
Identifier
acs00484
http://ccdl.claremont.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15831coll15/id/591
Subject
Buddha
Statues
Time Period
Possibly 7th century CE
Place
Toluvila Vihāra: now in National Museum, Colombo
Anurādhapura
Sri Lanka
Relation
Ancient Buddhist Sites and Royal Residences in Sri Lanka - https://ccdl.claremont.edu/digital/collection/p15831coll15

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