Source: Standard literature
Vẹlpota is the Sinhalese term for a specific decorative motif that consists of a series of connected, identical floral elements.1
Vẹlpota pattern as illustrated in Coomaraswamy in 1908.
Design taken from a lacquered staff.
Upper part of a lacquered staff.
From colored drawings by Ethel M. Coomaraswamy.
The above image shows two sections of Sinhalese lacquered staffs. The decorative motifs are as follows:
A. Vẹlpota or pāhaḍe vẹlpota
C. Gal-bindu or mori binduva
D. Kola vẹla ("leafy branch") or kaḷas-dangaya
E. Pāhaḍe or palā peti
H. Bō-kola ("bō-leaf")
K. Binduva or tani binduva 2
1. See Ananda K. Coomaraswamy; Medieaval Sinhalese Art, Pantheon Books, New York, Second Edition of the 1908 original, 1956. Page 216-217.
2. Ibid. Explanation of plate XXIV.