National Geographic : 1946 Nov
Sigirlya, "A Fortress in the Sky" 679 A Frescoed Princess and Her Handmaiden Carry Flowers to a Sinhalese Shrine In King Kasyapa's art gallery 21 female pilgrims preserve the fashions of 5th-century Ceylon. Servants (as on the right) are pictured in dusky tints, indicating an alien race. Buddhist artists executed the frescoes on the plaster walls and ceiling of a lofty cave (pages 667 and 668). Marlin T. Grillin An American Tests King Kasyapa's Pink Granite Throne for Size and Comfort Carved out of the hill's hard top, the throne has resisted the decay of centuries. Facing the rising sun, it commands a view of the jungle. Here sat the moody monarch watching for the glint of enemy spears.