Skip to main content

Image / Monastic Residential complex, Pañcakāvāsa: So-called "Mahāsen's pavilion," Moonstone or sandakadapahana

Have a question about this item?

Item Information. View source record on contributor's website.

Title
Monastic Residential complex, Pañcakāvāsa: So-called "Mahāsen's pavilion," Moonstone or sandakadapahana
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 engraved in Signage number 21: Moonstone 1. This is one of the moonstones in Sri Lanka, which are famous for being exceptionally artistic. World being on fire is signified by the palapeti, the beings going through Samsara by the quadrupeds, the craving by the festoons, pious by the swans, the attenuation of craving by the small festoons and the lotus by enlightenment are the main themes of this moonstone. It belongs to the period between 7-8 centuries AD. This is a moonstone or sandakadapahana - a semi-circular stone slab (originally rectangular in shape), which may be highly decorated or left undecorated. It is found at the bottom of a flight of stairs leading to a stupa, shrine or other edifice. The famous moonstone at the image house, sometimes identified as "King Mahasen's pavilion" (and earlier known as the Queen's pavilion - Biso Maligāva), is considered the most beautiful extant example of one. Although considered unique to Sri Lanka, an early example is also found at t
Type
image
Format
image/jp2
Identifier
acs00605.jpg
http://ccdl.claremont.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15831coll15/id/641
Subject
Moonstones (Early to late Anurādhapura Period)
Time Period
Circa 6th-8th century CE
Place
Abhayagiri Monastery
Anurādhapura
Sri Lanka
Relation
Ancient Buddhist Sites and Royal Residences in Sri Lanka - https://ccdl.claremont.edu/digital/collection/p15831coll15

Explore related content on Calisphere: