Still the best book with coloured illustrations of Sri Lanka’s ancient paintings is the large-sized volume simply called „Ceylon“ that was published already in 1957 with the support of UNESCO and with introductory of Sri Lanka’s most renowned historian, Paranavitana, who had been the Archaeological Commissioner from 1940 till 1956. The illustrations include the most important examples of Sigiriya’s “cloud damsels” and Dambulla’s cave frescoes. Degaldoruwa’s Kandy paintings can also be seen. Depictions of demons from the Tivanka statue house are the best examples of Pollonaruwa period paintings. Paranavitana dates the Dimbulagala’s Pulligoda paintings are ascribed to the 12th century, too. But this is a matter of debate, most archaeologists ascribe them to the Anuradhapura period of much earlier centuries. Another example of paintings from the Anuradhapura period found in this Ceylon volume is Hindagala near Kandy, the paintings depicting Indra in particular are dated to the 7th century.
The title of this large-size volume with coloured illustrations is:
Peter and Anton Schutz, eds. Bellew (Author)
Ceylon; paintings from temple, shrine and rock.
Preface by W.G. Archer and introduction by S. Paranavitana.
Hardcover – New York Graphic Society 1957
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