In August 2006, my wife Ruth and I took her sister Jenny and her partner Michael to Sri Lanka for a two week Golf Tour.
Our itinerary included a visit to the Pinnawella Elephant Sanctuary and a three night stay at the Kandalama Hotel that we used our base to visit Polonaruwa and its surrounds, Dimbulla and a climb of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. A well earned rest and relaxation after the journey from Australia.
We next stayed in Kandy and viewed the night Perahara, visited the Peradeniya Gardens and had a game of golf at the picturerous and beautifully laid out Victoria Golf Club.
We next drove up to Nuwara Eliya and stayed at the Grand Hotel. We had a game of golf at the challenging Nuwara Eliya Golf Club and toured the district.
We finished our journey in Colombo staying at the Galadari Hotel. We had a game of golf at the interesting Colombo Golf Club with a train line running through the third hole. During a shopping trip in the Fort, we came across the pictured wooden carved wall plaque of Da Vinci's "Last Supper" at the Cargills Store. The plaque is One Metre by Two Metres and weighs over 25 Kilos.
The store staff could not tell us the name of the artist who did the carving of this magnificent artwork, but we still thought it such an interesting piece of sculpture from one single piece of wood that we bought it and had it shipped back to Australia.
This wall plaque used to hang in the Dining Room of our home in Yarrawonga, Victoria, Australia.
Every time I looked at it, I used to think of the person who would have spent hours painstakingly carving this beautiful scene of Jesus and his disciples at the taking of bread and wine to commemorate his last supper that took place over two thousand years ago and the Millions of Christians around the world who celebrate the Mass each Sunday in remembrance of his death and passion.
If there is someone in Sri Lanka who knows the person who did this carving, I would love to know who he or she is so that I can personally thank them on my next visit to Sri Lanka. I would also be interested to know whether they have done any other carvings such as this.
This carving of the Last Supper is now at St Cuthbert's Anglican Church, Yarrawonga, Victoria.
MAP OF SRI LANKA