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Title
Vatadāgē: Guardstone: Buddha statue: Pillars
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
Flight of steps leading to one of four Buddha statues at the Vatadage. They are flanked by two ornate guardstones and balustrades. The pillars at the top would have supported the roof over the stupa behind the Buddha statues. These guardstones with unadorned arches reflect one of the later stages of the evolution of the genre. In each, a centrally placed, crowned guardian deity (Nagarājā), his head protected by a cobra hood and in the thrice-bent posture, holds the pot of prosperity (abundance) in his left hand and a stem of flowers and foliage (creeper) in his right. At his feet are the two protective yaksas/Bahiravas (dwarfs), Sankha (male) and Padma (female) that earlier were placed in the central position. The guardstone does not have makara decoration in the arch above the cobra head. This guardstone may be a partial reconstruction.
Type
image
Format
image/jp2
Identifier
acs01075.jpg
http://ccdl.claremont.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15831coll15/id/1176
Subject
Buddha
Sculpture
Statues
Pillars
Nāgarāja
Time Period
12th century CE
Place
Daladā Maluva (Terrace of the Tooth Relic): Vatadāgē
Polonnaruva
Sri Lanka
Relation
Ancient Buddhist Sites and Royal Residences in Sri Lanka - https://ccdl.claremont.edu/digital/collection/p15831coll15

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