Ancient Lanka

Ruhuna - Terracotta Coin Pot

A medium sized Coin Pot which was found empty in Akurugoda in area of Tissamaharama. Age unknown.

Diameter100. mm
Height100. mm
Wall20. mm
Weight>638 gms
ruhuna_coin_pot2_terracotta_top ruhuna_coin_pot2_terracotta_side
Top : Coin pot with a small circular openin on top. Extra large broken lip.
Side : Smooth outside surface of spherical pot shown in side view.

Five large terracotta pots are listed I.1-I.5 under Money Boxes and Coin Hoards in the 1999 catalog by Osmund Bopearachchi and Rajah Wickramasinhe titled Ruhuna. An Ancient Civilization Re-visited . The coin pot above was obtained directly via same collector who provided most of the items for that book. Need to compare with overall dimensions of coin pots illustrated which are not give in catalog.

I need to photograph these larger items but for now the Terracotta coin pot was scanned at 75dpi and displayed at 40dpi. It was obtained in 2001 December directly from farmer who found it via Mr A. Ratnayaka a collector in Katharagama, Lanka.