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The shaft finely and profusely decorated with floral motifs, dragon scales and abstract spirals
Kandy period, Late 18th – early 19th Century
Size: 68.5cm long – 34¼ ins long
The influence of the Portuguese and the Dutch on Kandyan culture began with the sending of diplomatic gifts to the Kandyan Kings. It was the Dutch representation of the lion which quickly infiltrated Sinhalese wood working traditions with the craftsmen making this animal, previously unknown to them, a particularly Kandyan image.