9.5 x 20.0cm
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.
'Thai Bencharong wares' by Professor Philip Courtenay, pg. 18-19., Carter's Antiques and Collectables 2000, 2000, 7 (colour illus.), 18, 19 (colour illus.).
'Frederick Storch 1927-2003' by Jill Sykes, pg. 12., Look Feb 2004, Feb 2004, 12 (colour illus.).
'Export Ceramics', The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales 2003, 2003, 142 (colour illus.).
Great gifts, great patrons, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 17 Aug 1994–19 Oct 1994.