This Nautical Sri Lanka Flag was removed from a vessel being cut up for scrap. This flag is exactly like it was when it was found, it has not been washed.
This flag is very interesting each element on the flag has a special meaning. The leaves represent Buddhist loving-kindness, compassion, equanimity and happiness, the lion represents bravery and the Sinhalese people, the sword is bravery, curly represents hair wisdom, the tail is Noble Eightfold Path and the beard the purity of words.
The photos show one side of the flag and a close-up of the fabric.