Aug 15, 2018

Buddhist Temple, Kalani

Buddhist Temple, Kalani

c. 1880

Scowen & Co.

(British, active Ceylon, 1876–1895)

Albumen print from glass plate negative

Image: 21.5 x 27.7 cm (8 7/16 x 10 7/8 in.); Paper: 21.5 x 27.7 cm (8 7/16 x 10 7/8 in.); Mounted: 29 x 37 cm (11 7/16 x 14 9/16 in.)

Gift of Catherine Glynn Benkaim and Barbara Timmer 2018.38


Did you know?

Next to the tree are the buildings of a monastery and a whitewashed, dome-shaped structure with pointed spire, called a stupa.


This image may actually show the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, a sacred fig tree planted in 288 BC in Mahamewna Gardens, Anuradhapura, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). Grown from a cutting of the tree in India under which Buddha attained enlightenment, it is one of the most sacred Buddhist relics in Sri Lanka.

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