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Title
Standing Bodhisattva statue
Creator
Bopearachchi, Osmund
Date Created and/or Issued
2005
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
Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara. Frontal view. The free standing statue carved from a single rock of limestone/dolomite marble, 9.85 meters in height, found fallen from its pedestal in the 1950s. Restored in 1990. Refer signage on premises. The statue represents the Bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara, but see the signage, where it is identified also as the Bodhisattva Maitreya. The upper torso lacks clothing, but is decorated with different necklaces as well as a narrow decorated band across the chest. The jatamakuta, ornate and conical hairdress, has an image of Amitabha, the principal and celestial Buddha in Pure Land Buddhism, who is described in Mahāyāna scriptures. A flat collar necklace and a long chain with beads of decreasing size add a sense of elegance. The ears bear long earring and the arms double amulets. The hollow-worked eyes were probably inset with rock-crystal or glass. The statue’s height is 9.5 meters, and 10.4 meters with the lotus pedestal. It should be noted that statues of A
Type
image
Format
image/jp2
Identifier
acs00059.JPG
http://ccdl.claremont.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15831coll15/id/145
Subject
Statues
Time Period
7th century CE
Place
Dambegoda
Sri Lanka
Relation
Ancient Buddhist Sites and Royal Residences in Sri Lanka - https://ccdl.claremont.edu/digital/collection/p15831coll15

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