Language: Sinhalese
Source: Standard literature

Description

Kaḷas-daṉgaya is a Sinhalese term for a decorative motif that consists of a mesh-like pattern with floral elements.1

It is also called koḷa vẹla which literally means "leafy branch"

 

 

Kola Vela

Right: On a patisthānaya sold here in 2019.
Left: From a lacquered spear shaft in the Colombo museum.

 

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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