Women in Sri Lankan Sculpture and Painting

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Title

Rock painting of Tara

Subject

Tara (goddess)
Rock paintings--Post Graduate Institute of Archaeology, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Description

In a different medium is this representation of Tara found painted on a rock boulder at Kotgalkanda, 8 ½ miles from Sigiriya, Sri Lanka. This is an artist's re-production of it, available at the Post-Graduate Institute of Archaeology in Colombo. Seated in an attitude of meditation, the image is barely visible in outline. She carries a water-lily, a traditional symbol of Tara. Somewhat heavily ornamented, it reflects a departure from the usual austerity associated with Tara images in Sri Lanka. Though not precisely dated, it may be attributed to the second half of the Anuradhapura period (6th to the 10th centuries A.D.), when Mahayana worship was fairly widespread according to scholarly belief.

Creator

Sirima Kiribamune

Source

Post-Graduate Institute of Archaeology, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Date

6th-10th centuries
Period of study: 1986-1987
Version: 01/12/2012

Contributor

Co-Author: Seneviratna, Harsha
Technical Officer: Wijesinghe, Lalith
Technical Assistant: Jayasundare, Subhashini
Photographer: Madanayake, I.S.
International Center for Ethnic Studies, Kandy, Sri Lanka
Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation
American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies, Colombo

Rights

All rights reserved by International Center for Ethnic Studies, Sri Lanka.

Relation

Forms part of Photographic documentation of Women as depicted in early Sri Lankan sculpture and painting / Slide in present collection

Format

JPEG 2000

Language

eng

Type

image

Identifier

PDWESLSP.S.10

Coverage

ce

Citation

Sirima Kiribamune, "Rock painting of Tara," online in Digital Library for International Research Archive, Item #12507, http://www.dlir.org/archive/items/show/12507 (accessed November 29, 2022).

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