The Frescoes During the Period of The Polonnaruwa Regime.
It is said that the king Vijayabahu (I) has renovated the Mahiyangana stupa after the defeating of Chola invader. The Archaeological Department has recovered some valuable frescoes from the excavated inner part of the stupa.
It is observed that these frescoes have been painted on the surface of dry plaster on bricks to the style of “tempara”. At the time they discovered these frescoes; most parts of the paintings have been peeled off. Although the plasters have been peeled off most of the paintings are being identified as similar to the style and the colour scheme of the paintings of Anuradhapura period. Reddish orange, yellow, white are the colours which have been used for these paintings.
Object of these paintings are the several events of the life of the Lord Buddha. These paintings demonstrate the Bo tree and the way Lord Buddha seated in his “wajrasana” posture after his enlightenment. The paintings of Sakra and the Brahma can be seen on the both sides of the Lord Buddha with several other deities.