Product images of National Flag of Ceylon (1948-1951)
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National Flag of Ceylon (1948-1951)
The national flag of Ceylon, 1948-51 pattern. The flag is made of synthetic bunting, with a cotton hoist stamped 'CEYLON'. This contains a rope. The design is entirely printed. The ends of the flag are machine stitched with hand sewn repairs at the hoist. Design: dark red with a yellow border with pagoda pinnacles in each corner, in the centre is a yellow lion holding a sword in its raised paw (the lion of Kandy).
The design was adopted on independence in 1948 and is based on the Lion Flag of King Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe, captured by the British in 1815. It was changed in 1951 to include a green and orange band to represent the Muslim and Tamil communities.
Original size: 1321 mm x 2794 mm
- Image reference: L0176
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London