Friday, February 19, 2021

Toluvila Guard Stone Inscription

Toluvila Guard Stone Inscription
The Toluvila Guard Stone Inscription is presently on the display at the Inscription Gallery of  Colombo National Museum, Sri Lanka.

The guard stone
This guard stone was discovered from Toluvila in Anuradhapura District and later brought to the present location for conservation (Ranawella, 2005). The inscription has been engraved on one side of the guard stone. It contains 12 lines of writing (Ranawella, 2005). Of them, the last three lines can not be read (Ranawella, 2005). 

Content
The script and the language of the inscription are Sinhala of the 9-10th century A.D. (Ranawella, 2005). It is not dated in a regnal year of a king but has been indited as a private document. It records about a lay devotee who had deposited some money for the purpose of offering alms (Buddha-puja) to the Buddha and for purchasing flowers for the shrine room (Ranawella, 2005). 

References
1) Ranawella, S. (Ed.), 2005. Sinhala inscriptions in the Colombo National Museum: Spolia Zeylanica. Vol 42. (2005). Department of National Museums, Sri Lanka. p.91.
2) Ranawella, S., 2005. Inscription of Ceylon. Volume V, Part III. Department of Archaeology. ISBN: 955-91-59-57-7. p.156.

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