Rock Temple at Gal Vihara, Polannaruwa, Sri Lanka


This image is from Gal Vihara otherwise known as  Uttararama , a rock-cut temple in the ancient city of Polannaruwa in Sri Lanka which was built in 12th CE under the patronage of the king Parakramabahu  I. There is controversy as to whether this is a representation of the Buddha Himself or more likely that of his chief disciple Ananda, standing in sorrowful attendance beside the large reclining figure of the Buddha who is on his deathbed, Parinirvana .  The standing image is 22 feet 9 inches (6.93 m) tall, arms folded in respect.

The monumental images in Gal Vihara  have been carved out of a single, large granite rock face and are  among the best examples of the rock carving and sculpting arts of the ancient Sri Lanka.


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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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