National Geographic : 1912 Feb
O O0 ri N A SPECIAL EXHIBITION OP THE SACRED TOOTH: KANDY, CEYLON Photo from Eliza R.Scidmore The Sacred Tooth (of Buddha) was brought to Ceylon from India by a princess and enshrinedin apalace ofitsown. Itwas carried off as loot by one of the Malabar raiders of Ceylon ten centuries later, recaptured and returned toCeylon, and treasured in a hidden shrine until 1560, when the Portuguese took it and carried it to India, where they burned itwith great pomp and threw the ashes into the sea. The King of Kandy thereupon had a new tooth, 3 inches long, made of choicest ivory, and enshrined inthe place of the lost one. The new tooth is shown in this picture (see pages IT7, 150, and 15I).