Women in Sri Lankan Sculpture and Painting

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Title

Three women of different social grades

Subject

Women--narrative art--Social groups--Sri Lanka
Marble sculpture--Colombo National Museum (Sri Lanka)

Description

In India, narrative sculpture is as old as Buddhist art itself, the impact of which was no doubt felt in Sri Lanka. This marble relief which belongs to the Amaravati art tradition of the early centuries of the Christian era appears to have been imported from India. The plaque was found in 1986 during excavations associated with the Cultural Triangle Project, near the so-called Buddhist Railing site close to the Jetavanarama stupa. The scene, which probably illustrates an episode in the life of Buddha, shows women of 3 different social grades, distinctly recognizable by their dress and functional positions. The plaque is among the exhibits of the National Museum in Colombo.

Creator

Sirima Kiribamune

Source

National Museum, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Date

ca. 2nd century BCE-3rd century CE
Period of study: 1986-1987
Version: 01/12/2014

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.152

Coverage

ce

Citation

Sirima Kiribamune, "Three women of different social grades," online in Digital Library for International Research Archive, Item #12649, http://www.dlir.org/archive/items/show/12649 (accessed August 26, 2019).

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