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Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura Kingdom, Mahasena, 277 - 304 A.D.
This type has been found inside the platform and below the pavement level of the Jetavanaramaya built by King Mahasenhas and has been conclusively dated it to his reign. Mahasena (or Mahasen) initiated construction of the large tanks (reservoirs) in Sri Lanka, completing sixteen of them. After the construction of the Minneriya tank, he was worshiped as Minneri Deviyo (God of Minneriya). Mahasen discriminated against Theravada Buddhists and destroyed several temples including Mahavihara, the main Theravada temple, before his chief minister convinced him the policy was a mistake.
The Asiatic lion is symbolic for the Sinhalese, Sri Lanka's ethnic majority; the term derived from Sinhala, meaning the "lion people" or "people with lion blood."
WA67142. Bronze AE 16, Codrington p. 25 and pl. II, 19; Mitchiner ACW -, VF, rough, weight 1.332g, maximum diameter 15.7mm, obverse maneless lion standing right, within linear border; reverse four pellets in a cross arrangement, within linear border; very rare
Catalog current as of Saturday, August 17, 2019.
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