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Title
Signage number 51: Bodhi-Tree Shrine 1
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
Text: This Buddha image built within a Bodhi-Tree shrine is supposed to be the most exquisite Buddha image found in Sri Lanka. It is sculptured in the Gupta-style and belongs to the period between 5-6 centuries A. D. Probably this image may have been gilt and studded with jewels. The image is in Samādhi posture and seated in Virāsena. There is evidence to the effect that this Bodhi-Tree shrine had four Buddha images on the four sides. The square pit where the Bodhi-tree was planted has also been discovered. The original Bodhi-Tree is not been [sic] in existence now. This Bodhi-Tree shrine is one of the four ancient Bodhi-Tree shrines in Abhayagiriya. Height: 5 feet 9 inches. Earlier there would have been four statues at this location, which is between the Abhayagiri stupa and twin ponds.
Type
image
Format
image/jp2
Identifier
acs00551.jpg
http://ccdl.claremont.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15831coll15/id/675
Subject
Signs and signboards
Time Period
5th to 6th 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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