Within the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka, the Avukana Buddha (also spelt Aukana Buddha) is the largest ancient statue in standing position. The statue is about 12 m tall. Most probably, it was carved out of a granite rock face during the late Anuradhapura period (8th to 10th century), although it is often attributed to King Dhatusena (5th century), who actually constructed the nearby Kalawewa reservoir. The Avukana statue is famous for the elaborately carved robe, which is tightly worn showing the shape of the body. The gesture of the right hand with the palm directing forward is quite rare, it is called Asisa Mudra. The Avukana Buddha seems to be three-dimensional, despite the fact that it the back is connected with the rock surface by a narrow strip. The statue is praised as one of the best examples of a standing Buddhas from the ancient period.
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Nuwan Chinthaka Gajanayaka