Pallama Standing Buddha Statue (Colombo Museum)

Pallama Standing Buddha
The Pallama Standing Buddha Statue was discovered from Pallama in Puttalam District, Sri Lanka and is currently on display at the entrance lobby of the Colombo National Museum. This statue is considered important as it is the tallest metal Buddha statue made using hollow casting technique found in Sri Lanka (Prematilaka & Hewage, 2018).

This hollow cast bronze statue of Buddha is 165 cm (5.41 ft) height and in the standing position. The right hand of the statue depicts the Vitarka Mudra and the left hand is in the pose of Katakahastha (Prematilaka & Hewage, 2018). The robe is closely touching the full body of Buddha but leaves the right shoulder bare. The pleats of the robe are denoted by clear lines. The ears are long but do not touch the shoulders.

The statue has been dated to the 9-11th centuries A.D. (Prematilaka & Hewage, 2018). It is said that the statue had been broken into several pieces at the time of its discovery (Prematilaka & Hewage, 2018).

1) Prematilaka, L., Hewage, R., 2018. A guide to the National Museum, Colombo: Department of National Museum. ISBN: 978-955-578-035-3. p.6.

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