The mirror wall stairway leads up to the ruins of the Sigiriya lion’s paws sculpture. The name “Sigiriya Lion Rock” comes from this royal palace entrance. The original entrance was through a massive brick sculpture of a lion head. Only the paws of this sculpture remain at the foot of the rock today. A rare Sigiriya mirror wall poem describes how imposing the lion sculpture was at the time of his visit (Sometime between the sixth to thirteenth centuries). The stairway that leads to the top of Sigiriya rock starts from where the lion statue’s mouth would have been.