Women in Sri Lankan Sculpture and Painting

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Title

Torso of a Buddhist goddess

Subject

Buddhist goddesses--Sri Lanka
Dolomite figurines--Archaeological Museum, Anuradhapura--Sri Lanka

Description

Among those sculptures which have been tentatively identified as consorts of Bodhisattvas or else female goddesses within the scheme of Buddhist worship, is this fragmentary yet exquisite limestone torso of a life size image. Notable is the simple attire and the lack of ornamentation already noticed in respect of the majority of Buddhist goddesses. A tiny hole in the centre of her left palm suggests that she held something in her hand. A date between the 6th and 7th centuries A.D. has been suggested by scholars.

Creator

Sirima Kiribamune

Source

Archeological Museum, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

Date

ca. 6th-7th century A.D.
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.17

Coverage

ce

Citation

Sirima Kiribamune, "Torso of a Buddhist goddess," online in Digital Library for International Research Archive, Item #12514, http://www.dlir.org/archive/items/show/12514 (accessed October 5, 2022).

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