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Title
Twin ponds
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
Considered to be "one of the most outstanding architectural and artistic creations of the ancient Sinhalese.” Intended as bathing ponds for the monks of Kapāra-Mūla, one of four institutes of monastic education that are joined to form a single complex. The larger pond is 132 x 51 feet; the smaller one, 91 x 51 feet. The depths range from 14 to 17 feet. Two stone punkalas (pots of abundance) on stone pedestals grace either side of the two entrances to each pond. The water supply was through underground conduits that conveyed it to stone chambers or silt traps and filtered before allowed to flow to the ponds. Around the two tanks are walls of dressed stone with a flush coping. Some of the stairs leading to the water have ornate balustrades. The two ponds are dissimilar due to their difference in age. The northern bath is smaller than its counterpart. There are some twenty ponds in the sacred area.
Type
image
Format
image/jp2
Identifier
acs00535.jpg
http://ccdl.claremont.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15831coll15/id/702
Subject
Ponds
Time Period
From 6th to 7th 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

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