RUWANVELISEYA STUPA - SRI LANCA
Ruwanveliseya dageba ( stupa) 300 ft. in diameter was constructed by King Dutugemunu (167-137 BC), but he was unable to complete the work on the dageba. Broad flights of steps are found at the entrance of the sand strewn courtyard of the dagoba. The retaining wall was covered with figures of elephants in frontal aspect represented as standing cheek by jowl. At the four cardinal points of the dageba are four "vahalkadas" (frontispieces) which have preserved some very old sculptures.