THG SIGIRI FRESCOES From over 500 paintings done on the Sigiri wall, only about 22 still remain , many destroyed by vandals over the years. That these painting are still mostly intact and the colours remain bright, speak volumes about the talents of our artists of a bygone era and the techniques they used. The frescoes which remind one of the Ajanta cave paintings in India, are believed to have been painted in the fifth century AD. Some believe the women depicted in these paintings to be apsaras(heavenly beings) while others think they are noble women and their servants heading off to the temples nearby. The paint used was made of various types of clay combined with different colours. The painting were later restored by a reputed Italian artist named Luciano Maransi.It is believed that there were paintings all over the rock which were later destroyed. The frescoes are the only non-religious old paintings in SriLanka.