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Title
Gal Vihāra complex: Seated Buddha figure: Statue carved in rock
Creator
Bopearachchi, Osmund
Date Created and/or Issued
2002
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
View of the seated Buddha figure at the western end of the complex is in meditative dhyāna/samādhi mudrā and virasana posture. It is of granitic gneiss and on a throne with a dado of lions in frontal pose alternating with the vajra (thunderbolt) symbol. The ruins of brick foundation of the front wall of the image house are in the foreground. The image, which is 4.98 meters high, is considered unique in its use of an elaborate backrest and cusped arch. The backrest comprises three cross bars with makara heads. The pleats of the robe are indicated in a double-groove method frequently used in Polonnnaruva images. Some traces of paint indicate that the statute would have been painted.
Type
image
Format
image/jp2
Identifier
acs01002.JPG
http://ccdl.claremont.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15831coll15/id/1104
Subject
Buddha
Statues
Time Period
12th century CE
Place
Gal Vihāra (Temple of stone): Uttarārāmā
Polonnaruva
Sri Lanka
Relation
Ancient Buddhist Sites and Royal Residences in Sri Lanka - https://ccdl.claremont.edu/digital/collection/p15831coll15

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