Age Unidentified - Lanka

Ruhuna - Lead ingot roll

A small lead(?) ingot in the form of a flattened roll with multiple rounds. Found in Akurugoda in area of Tissamaharama. Age unknown.

Height14.2 mm
Width14.0 mm
Thickness8.8 mm
Weight3.35 gms
ruhuna_Ingot_Roll_pb_obverse ruhuna_Ingot_Roll_pb_reverse
Obverse : flattened side showing tapered end of rolled sheet.
Reverse : The other flattened side of roll.

In the 1999 catalog by Osmund Bopearachchi and Rajah Wickramasinhe titled Ruhuna. An Ancient Civilization Re-visited , items like it are listed under Lead Objects and although a number of coils (M.56-M.60) of thick wire with 2 or 3 rounds are listed and illustrated none appear like this roll of flat metal sheet. I wonder if it was a scroll which had some text written on it. It was obtained from the same collector who provided most of the items for that book.

An image of the top showing the multiple rounds of the roll and central hole which is also flattened. About six rounds are visible.


The Lead Roll was scanned at 600 dpi and displayed at 400 dpi. It was obtained in 2001 December from Mr A. Ratnayaka a collector in Katharagama, Lanka.