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Title
Lankātilaka ("Jewel of Lanka"): Image house: Signage number 90
Creator
de Silva, Preethi
Date Created and/or Issued
2016
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
Text: This is the vaulted type (gedige) image house built by King Parākramabāhu the Great (1153-1186 AD) and it is the largest image house in Sri Lanka. The two pylons at the entrances and the great standing Buddha image inside signify its scale. There is evidence that the interior and exterior walls had been adorned with paintings. The stucco relief sculpture on the exterior walls show South Indian influence. Obvious indicators are there that this image house had been renovated during the Dambadeniya period (13th century AD). The building with stone pillars in front of the image house may have been a pavilion for hevisi drummers. The ground plan clearly identifies the separate areas of the image house, including a circumambulatory passage and stairway within.
Type
image
Format
image/jp2
Identifier
acs01338.jpg
http://ccdl.claremont.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15831coll15/id/1481
Subject
Signs and signboards
Time Period
12th century CE
Place
Lankātilaka Pilimagē
Polonnaruva
Sri Lanka
Relation
Ancient Buddhist Sites and Royal Residences in Sri Lanka - https://ccdl.claremont.edu/digital/collection/p15831coll15

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