Avukana Buddha, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

Avukana statue is a standing statue of the Buddha  near Kekirawa in north central Sri Lanka .The statue, which has a height of more than 40 feet (12 m), was carved  during the 5th century CE .

Carved out of a large granite rock face but  not completely separated, there is  a narrow strip of rock has been left at the back of the statue, connecting it to the rock face. The pedestal on which the Buddha stands, which is carved in the form of a lotus flower, was carved separately and positioned under the statue.

The statue was once  located within a large shrine built of brick and stone, of which part of the walls still remain. The robe is worn tightly, clearly outlining the shape of the body, and its pleats are carved clearly and delicately. It is worn over the left shoulder, and the right shoulder is bare, as is the tradition in Buddha statues of Sri Lanka. The Buddha’s body is straight, and the left hand clutches the robe at the left shoulder. The right hand is raised up to the right shoulder, with the palm facing left.

This symbolic position is known as the Asisa mudra, a variation of the Abhaya mudra  a  gesture of fearlessness , a gesture of reassurance and safety, which dispels fear and accords divine protection. This mudra is seen in the iconography of  the Hindu, Buddhist , Jain and Sikh   The right hand is held upright, and the palm is facing outwards. 

The Avukana statue is one of the best examples of a standing statue constructed in ancient Sri Lanka.  The closely worn robe is intricately carved in the sheer rock face with realistic folds and pleats.


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Sizes available: 8 x 12″(203 x 305 mm); 12 x 16″(305 x 410mm); 18 x 24″(457 x 610 mm); 24 x 32″ (610 x 813mm)

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