Language: Sinhala
Source: Standard literature


Pahade is the Sinhalese term for a decorative motif, often in lacquer, that resembles a row of stylized petals.

It is also called palā peti.



Pāhaḍe or palā peti

(From colored drawings by Ethel M. Coomaraswamy.)

Further reading

Article: Sinhalese lacquer work


1. For an explanation of the method of Sinhalese lacquer work, see Ananda Coomaraswamy; Mediæval Sinhalese art, Broad Campden Essex House Press, 1908. Pages 215 - 217, 330 and plate XXIV.

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With carved horn hilt and characteristic finger guard.


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


A beautiful black coral hilted example, made in the King's workshops.


Of the chopper variety, with a finely carved ivory hilt.


Of nice quality, with unusual openwork silver bolster with serapendiya.