Antique Ceylonese Buddhist temple window panel painting Circa 1650-1690.
This piece is from the hills of Kandyan Kingdom of Ceylon, the last standing monarchy of the island. The rise of the Kandyan Kingdom saw increased Buddhist teachings by monks. Due to people's lack of knowledge about Buddhism, monks advised the kings to paint temple walls, ceilings, windows and doors with stories of Buddhism to convey through art. This was the renaissance of Kandyan Kingdom art. Beautiful organic shapes and colors of vine foliage and pandanus florals adorn this painting and depicts a queen's offerings to the temple of lord Buddha. Extracts from plants, fruits and flowers were used for paintings during this period. The style and colors used here echo well with the temple frescoes in Kandy that survive to date.