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Title
Lankātilaka ("Jewel of Lanka"): Image house: Standing Buddha statue
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
The standing, now headless, Buddha statue in the sanctum, of brick and stucco on a semi-circular lotus pedestal, was flanked by two pilasters and a torana also supported by pilasters (in both cases only one of these vertical structures has survived). The height of the statue with the pedestal would have been 13.6 meters (the tallest on the island), with then statue itself rising to approximately 12.5 meters. It is in the samabanga or erect posture, without any bends. An earlier photograph includes a small figure of a lion below the lower edge of the robe. A lion figure is found between the two feet in some statues in Mathura (India) and was symbolic of the "lion of the Sakya clan" (the Buddha was a member of that clan); the small ornamental stucco figures are included in a frieze at the bottom of the lotus pedestal (not shown here). Provision had been made for an ambulatory passage behind the statue.
Type
image
Format
image/jp2
Identifier
acs01376.jpg
http://ccdl.claremont.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15831coll15/id/1478
Subject
Buddha
Statues
Friezes
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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