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An image of Bowl decorated with Buddhist figures by Bencharong ware

Bencharong ware

(Thailand  – )

Bowl decorated with Buddhist figures
Other titles:
Bowl decorated with thepanon and norasingh
Place of origin
Ayutthaya period 1350 - 1767 → Thailand
18th century
Media category
Materials used
porcelain with enamel decoration

9.5 x 20.0 cm

Gift of Mr F. Storch 1985
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

This exceptionally fine piece of Bencharong dates to the late Ayuthya period (1350-1767), when the style arose. The bowl is decorated in deep and varied colours with alternate images of 'thepanom' and 'norasingh', both minor Buddhist deities. Typically the 'thepanom' sit cross-legged in a praying posture, nude except for a petalled collar, bracelets and crown, while the 'norasingh', believed to reside in the mythical Himaphan forest in the Himalayan mountains, have a human head, the hindquarters of a lion with a flame-tipped tail and the hoofs of a deer.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.142.

Bibliography (3)

Professor Philip Courtenay, Carter's Antiques and Collectables, 'Thai Bencharong wares', pg. 18-19, Terrey Hills, 2000, 7 (colour illus.), 18, 19 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Export Ceramics', Sydney, 2003, 142 (colour illus.).

Jill Sykes, Look, 'Frederick Storch 1927-2003', pg. 12, Newtown, Feb 2004, 12 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (1)

Great gifts, great patrons, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 Aug 1994–19 Oct 1994