Language: Sinhalese
Source: Standard literature

Description

Bō-koḷa literally means "bō-leaf" is the Sinhalese term for a decorative motif that resembles a heart or an ace of spades.

They often appear in Sinhalese lacquer work at the end of patura, long elongated triangles.

 

Bo leaf

Bō-koḷa lacquer work decoration on the shaft of a Sinhalese patisthānaya.
They are the heart shaped forms on the far right, at the ends of elongated triangles called patura.
Sold by Mandarin Mansion in 2019.

 

Further reading

Article: Sinhalese lacquer work
 

Notes
1. See Ananda K. Coomaraswamy; Medieaval Sinhalese Art, Pantheon Books, New York, Second Edition of the 1908 original, 1956. Page 216-217.

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