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Title
Sculpted rock: Central standing Buddha figure in relief, "Lamp flame"
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
It is the tallest (13 meters high) Buddha statue in Sri Lanka and carved out of the rock in relief, and facing the east. It stands on what appears to be a double lotus pedestal. The head and top part of torso are finished in greater detail than the lower part. The right hand is raised in the abhaya mudrā (gesture of fearlessness). The robe is painted in yellow and red over mortar, still visible on the right side of the viewer. See also Aukana, Maligawila, and Sāssēruva (Räs Vehera) standing Buddha figures. A hole in the shape of a flame of a lamp has been drilled near the right foot of this statue. An oil with the aroma of mustard oil percolated through this hole.
Type
image
Format
image/jp2
Identifier
acs00045.jpg
http://ccdl.claremont.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15831coll15/id/127
Subject
Buddha
Sculpture
Time Period
Circa 9th century CE
Place
Buduruwagala
Monerāgala District, near Wellawāya
Sri Lanka
Relation
Ancient Buddhist Sites and Royal Residences in Sri Lanka - https://ccdl.claremont.edu/digital/collection/p15831coll15

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