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Title
Statue: Queen Vihāra Mahā Devi
Creator
Dirckze, Jan
Date Created and/or Issued
2018
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
A full-size standing statue of Queen Vihāra Mahā Devi, who was the mother of Kings Dutugemunu (regency 161-137 BCE) and Saddhātissa (regency 137-119 BCE). According to legend, she was placed in a fragile boat and abandoned in the ocean to appease the gods for a crime committed by her father, King Kelanitissa, which had caused his kingdom to be flooded. She made a safe landing in another part of the island and became the bride of King Kavantissa. The statue is now enclosed in a glass structure and with recent additions of clothing. The case illuminated at night enables one to view the statue without the reflection of the sun during daylight hours.
Type
image
Format
image/jp2
Identifier
acs01105.jpg
http://ccdl.claremont.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15831coll15/id/1210
Subject
Statues
Time Period
Unknown
Place
Mahāvihāra: Ruvanvälisǟya
Anurādhapura
Sri Lanka
Relation
Ancient Buddhist Sites and Royal Residences in Sri Lanka - https://ccdl.claremont.edu/digital/collection/p15831coll15

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