Age Unidentified - Lanka

Ruhuna - Terracotta Chitya

A terracotta Chitya with an encased terracotta coin Found in Hambegamuwa - Detatissa Pansala in area of Tissamaharama. Age unknown.

SPECIFICATIONS
MaterialTerracotta
TypeFigure
Diameter45.5 mm
Height50.5 mm
Weight69.4 gms
ShapeChitya
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MaterialTerracotta
TypeCoin
Diameter20.0 mm
Thickness7. mm
Weight2.86 gms
ShapeRound
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Small terracotta Chitya: Base and side view
Small terracotta coin found within another Chitya
Obverse : Brahmi script letters faintly visible within plain circle
Reverse : Plain with finger print of ancient craftsmen.

A few of these Chitya's had been found at the site. Some were broken open to check for treasure. A small terracotta coin with possible traces of Brahmi script was found in each one. I obtained an unbroken Chitya and one of the terracotta "coins" that was encased in another. Note that the coin is displayed at larger resolution.

A Terracotta chitya is not listed in the 1999 catalog by Osmund Bopearachchi and Rajah Wickramasinhe titled Ruhuna. An Ancient Civilization Re-visited . The original source was the same collector who provided most of the items for that book.

The Chitya figure was scanned at 200 dpi and displayed at 150 dpi. The terracotta coin was scanned at 300 dpi and displayed at 250 dpi. It was obtained in 2003 May from a antique dealer in Kandy, Lanka.