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Title
Rankoth Vehera (Golden Pinnacled Stupa), originally named Ruvanvēliseya (Golden Sand) stupa: Superstructure: Finial
Creator
de Silva, Preethi
Date Created and/or Issued
1999
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
Close-up of the lower sections of the superstructure (upper architectural members) comprises in ascending order above the dome: the square and richly decorated hataras kotuwa (each side of its plinth is 24 feet, 4 inches and its height, 12 feet)-- its decorated central disc, which here represents a lotus blossom (rather than the usual motif for the sun or the moon) is surrounded by pilasters and crossbars; the devata kotuva (9 feet, 6 inches in diameter), "enclosure of the gods;" small figures (of gods) in namaskā ra mudrā between pilasters can be seen below the base of the conical spire.
Type
image
Format
image/jp2
Identifier
acs01335.jpg
http://ccdl.claremont.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15831coll15/id/1427
Subject
Superstructures
Shrines (structures)
Time Period
12th century CE
Place
Rankoth Vehera
Polonnaruva
Sri Lanka
Relation
Ancient Buddhist Sites and Royal Residences in Sri Lanka - https://ccdl.claremont.edu/digital/collection/p15831coll15

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