N° 15 (AED 800)

N° 15 (AED 800)


Sri Lanka’s wood carving is known the world over. Be it the majestic perahera elephants carved out of black ebony or carved panels found on furniture, it is a skill that the Lankans have mastered over hundreds of years.

An abundance of timber in Sri Lanka led to abundant use of wood in traditional architecture. The temples around Kandy, particularly in Embekke, are a fine example. After selecting the wood, the carver chisels out a rough structure in a process called baragahanawa. Finer carving follows as the artisan smoothens and polishes his carved figure. This stem is known as mattangahanawa.

Elephants have long been a main stay in Sri Lankan lives. The coat of arms and the flag of the erstwhile Ceylon government contained an elephant. For over two thousand years, elephants have been an integral part of religious ceremonies and processions, such as the famous perahera.

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All pieces are unique, since they are handcrafted. Minor variations and aberrations lend to each piece's uniqueness.

Handcrafted in: Sri Lanka

Materials used: Teak

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