SAMADHI BUDDHA STATUE - SRI LANKA
The granite rock statue is 7’3" in height, date back to the 4th century, shows the Buddha in a state of deep meditation , was found in 1888, with the nose damaged. Raven Hart in his "Ceylon - History in Stone" says that the repaired nose is oversharp and overlarge. The statue has had two jewels for the eyes which are said to have gone missing in around 1914. The canopy over the statue was constructed in 1959-1960. This perhaps is the world's best Buddha image so far discovered. The unsophisticated simplicity, calm strength and fortitude characterize the face of the Anuradhapura Buddha. The majestic seriousness of the face commands awe and respect.