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Tivanka Image House

Ancient Central, Sri Lanka.
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The Tivanka Image House, the largest among the brick-built shrines of Polonnaruwa is built in the style of Thuparamaya and the Lankatilaka. Here stands the mighty Tivanka image of the Buddha, depicted in the thrice curved pose. Mural paintings were also found in and around the Tivanka Image House.
Located 400m north of Lotus Pond, is so named following the thrice bend yet towering Buddha Statue therein. The head and neck of the Buddha statue have now come off. Tivanka means three bends in Sinhalese. The Buddha statue is bent at three places: at the knees, at the waist and at the shoulders. The inner walls as well as the outer walls of the image house are exquisitely decorated.
The paintings on the outer walls are purely decorative with figures of lions, gansas and dwarfs. The murals on the inner walls are masterpieces. Yet those 12th century frescoes depicting scenes from tales of previous lives of Buddha have now faded. According to the scholars these paintings depict a blend of popular and classical styles.

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