Kumbukgete Standing Buddha Statue, Colombo National Museum

Kumbukgete Standing Buddha Colombo Museum
The Kumbukgete Standing Buddha Statue was discovered from the premises of Koombuwa Raja Maha Viharaya in Kumbukgete in Kurunegala 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 solid cast Buddha bronze found in Sri Lanka (Prematilaka & Hewage, 2018).

This solid cast bronze statue of Buddha is 105 cm (3.44 ft) height and in the standing position. The right hand of the statue depicts the Abhaya Mudra and the left hand which is in the ring-hand attitude holds the edge of the robe (Prematilaka & Hewage, 2018). The robe is closely touching the full body of Buddha but leaves the right shoulder bare. The robe is transparent and its pleats are denoted by clear lines. The head of the statue has curled hair and a hole is visible on the top of the head (Prematilaka & Hewage, 2018). That hole indicates that the statue may once had a flame (a Siraspata) above the head. The ears of the statue are long but do not touch the shoulders.

The statue has been dated to the 9-10th centuries A.D. (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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This page was last updated on 1 September 2020
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