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CHIEF OF KANDY

  • 30" X 40"
  • Acrylic on Canvas
  • Original
  • 1800 CE
    Sri Lanka

Ehelapola Nilamei (1773 - 1829), he was born to a Radala family of courtiers. He was educated by the Yatawatte Maha Thera (Chief Priest Yatawatte) before joining the Royal court as part of the Royal household. Ehelapola Nilamei a courtier of the Kingdom of Kandy. He was the 1st Adigar (Maha Adikaram) from 1811 to 1814 under the reign of King Sri Vikrama Rajasinha. Following the brutal execution of his entire family by the King, he aided the British in launching an invasion of the Kandy Kingdom and was instrumental in the Kandyan Convention that followed which led to the annexed the Kandy Kingdom to the British Empire.

The actual statue is located at the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts (LACMA)

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