Surrounded by an extensive network of Garden in the central area of Sri Lanka, lies an ernoumous rock known as "Sigiriya" which was once the fortress of King Kashyapa (AD 477-95). During the eleven years that Kashyapa resided in Sigiriya, he created a residence of exceptional splendour and founded his capital there, impressive vestiges of which are still extant. Halfway up the rock within an inaccessible rocky shelter in the vertical wall of the western face are rock paintings (frescoes) which have brought universal acclaim to the site of Sigiriya - 'The Maidens of the Clouds'.
The goal of this project was to recreate a maiden painting combining modern inking styles and abstract strokes while retaining the flavour of the original. From the 21 non-identified female figures currently surviving in Sigiriya the maiden depicted in the far right of the above diagram was chosen.
Back in 1938, after intensely studying the paintings Benjamin Rowland noted "The Sigiriya paintings, outside of their exciting and intrinsic beauty, are perhaps most notable for the very freedom they show at a time when the arts were tending to become more and more frozen in the mould of rigid canons of beauty".
The fact that there is no evidence of the true identities of these maidens, or the author of behind them and having been studied by many archeologists hoping to crack its mystery, is perhaps another reason why the Frescoes are fascinating and has been the focus of considerable interest and attention in both ancient and modern times.