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Title
Galpota (Stone Book), Signage number 49
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 giant inscription which assumes the shape of a palm-leaf manuscript in stone has been a work of King Nissankamalla (1187-1196) and it is the largest stone inscription so far discovered. The inscription itself says that this large stone block was transported from Mihintale, some hundred kilometers away from Polonnaruva. It describes the genealogy, heroic and altruistic deeds of King Nissankamalla. The letters of the inscription were gilded with molten iron. There may have been a roof over the inscription for its protection. The figure of a woman on the side face of the stone on whom two elephants are sprinkling water has been identified as the Goddess Gajalakshmi" [literally, "Lakshmi of the elephants," here in her aspect as Goddess of Prosperity, also known and beloved as goddess of the lotus in many parts of India.] The Galpota is 27.5 feet long and 4.5 feet wide. The script in Medieval Sinhala (with medieval Sinhala and Sanskrit) comprises 72 lines of text with 4300 letters or more. The upper surface is divided into three partitions or pages.
Type
image
Format
image/jp2
Identifier
acs00987.jpg
http://ccdl.claremont.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15831coll15/id/1159
Subject
Signs and signboards
Time Period
12th century CE
Place
Galpota
Polonnaruva
Sri Lanka
Relation
Ancient Buddhist Sites and Royal Residences in Sri Lanka - https://ccdl.claremont.edu/digital/collection/p15831coll15

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