Language: Sinhalese

Description

Liya-vẹla is a type of decorative work that literally means "vegetable ornament". It is one of the hallmarks of Sinhalese work and is found executed in all materials including wood, ivory, horn, silver, gold, and iron, and even embroidery.

It consists of scrollwork of repetitive floral motifs, usually linked in an elongated series.

 

Liya-vela on a Sinhalese kasthane swordLiya-vela on the silver-clad forte of a Sinhalese kasthané.

 

Reference

Ananda K. Coomaraswamy; Medieval Sinhalese art: being a monograph on medieval Sinhalese arts and crafts, mainly as surviving in the eighteenth century, with an account of the structure of society and the status of the craftsmen, Second Edition, Pantheon Books, New York, 1956. Pages 98-99.

 

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A very fine specimen, complete with ruby-set scabbard.

€9500,-

A massive example weighing just over 800 grams. With scabbard.

€2500,-

Made in the Four Workshops of the King of Kandy.

€3300,-

Rarely seen today, a commoner's example with carved, bone hilt.

€300,-

Introduction Over the years a number of Ottoman

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This example has a beaded outer rim and a smooth inside rim, with in-between alternating stylized lotus petals. Such lotus petal borders are also seen on the base of Buddhist statues, where the lotus symbolizes the path towards enlightenment:

€2000,-
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