Sesath - traditional ceremonial sunshade
These sesaths are small versions of the unique Sri Lankan ornamental sunshade, traditionally used in royal ceremonies and as part of large religious festivals. Many can still be seen in Buddhist temples. Handwoven from coloured strips of tala palm and pieces of shiny mica (a natural sheet silicate mined in Sri Lanka) the sesath is inserted into a wooden pole which has been decorated with traditional Sri Lankan lacquer. They make ideal decorations either singly or as a pair, (such as framing a doorway, window or mirror) and can be removed from the pole for a more streamlined look if desired.
Diameter 23 cms (9") length 48.5 cms (19")