Sinhala (Sri Lanka)Tamil (Sri Lanka)
Bodhisattva Sandals

9 th century A.C
Length: 41 cm
Kahatagasdigiliya, Ellawewa,

Veheragala, Sri Sangabo Raja Maha Vihara- Anuradhapura District
Gilt Bronze, Hollow cast
The two sandals discovered along with other great bronzes, Avalokitesvara, standing & seated Buddhas represent a unique product with gem-set but simple ornamentation. The rear part of the shoe is carved separately & fixed to the front section. Presumably, the two sandals were made for a standing Bodhisattva of about three meters high, also made of Bronze. If the figure was found, the sculpture would have been yet another masterpiece in Sri Lanka bronze art.