Famous Art - the Sigiriya Frescoes
SIGIRIYA - THE LION MOUNTAIN
John Still in 1907 had observed that; "The whole face of the hill appears to have been a gigantic picture gallery... the largest picture in the world perhaps".
The paintings would have covered most of the western face of the rock, covering an area 140 meters long and 40 meters high. There are references in the Graffiti to 500 ladies in these paintings.
They would have been a breath-taking sight, when seen from the water garden below.
The images are clickable and will bring up larger pictures of the frescoes. Please also see the
page on 'Art about art' - figurines of the apsaras at sigiri.
Please click on small images for bigger pictures of the frescoes.