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Late Kandy Period – Mid 19th Century
Size: 10.5cm high – 4¼ ins high
The development of the spice trade established by the Portuguese, and then the Dutch East India Company, was taken over by the British. In 1815 the embattled interior Kingdom of Kandy fell and the entire pear-shaped island came under the control of the British who called it Ceylon.
The art and architecture of the Kandy period was quite distinctive and different from the classical traditional art of the past. The rippling design of the robe of this figure, giving the impression of falling water, is a particular element found in Kandyan sculpture.