Sigiriya Fresco Paintings

Sigiriya Frescos

Sigiriya Frescos

Sigiriya Fresco Paintings

 21 female figures of immense beauty known as Apsaras, Vijjulathas and Meghalathas;

Paintings of Sigiriya on the western side of the rock surface have been the focus of specific interest in both ancient and modern times which demonstrate excellent artistic features of the 5th century. Withstanding years of climatic changes some of them can still be seen in good condition. It is said that the reflection of these paintings could be seen on the water ponds in the water garden during the ancient period.

On 1967 a tragedy has happened to these Frescos. The Government of Sri Lanka with the assistance of UNESCO invited an Italian Expert Lusiano Maranzi to repair the cultural damage. Including Dr. Raja de Silva, the renowned Archaeologist and Scientist was the first to commence the repair work. Under cover of darkness, somebody has hacked away major parts of two of the frescoes and daubed green paint on fifteen of these priceless works of art. As the solution experts have put the chemicals to preserve the arts; but first chemical is about to eraze the art; Finally Dr.Senarath Dissanayake himself used to apply the chemical with thousands of dry bread pieces one-by-one climbing on a ladder day and night for few days. He has very rarely mentioned about this work because of his humble charactersitic. If there was not such valuable people, today we will not see these priceless arts.

Sigiriya Frescos by Ceylon Serenity Tours

 

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