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Title

Bowl decorated with thepanom and norasingh


Artist

Bencharong ware

Thailand


About

This bowl, decorated on the inside and outside, is a particularly fine example of Bencharong (literally "five colours") ware, the most esteemed of later Thai ceramics. It is, in fact, Chinese porcelain decorated to Thai taste in the bright enamel glazes that the Chinese mastered technically in the eighteenth century. This bowl is decorated with alternating images of 'thepanom' and 'norasingh', both minor Buddhist deities belonging to the Theravada school of Buddhism. Typically the 'thepanom' (celestial beings who live in one of the six lower Buddhist heavens) 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, has a human head, the hindquarters of a lion with a flame-tipped tail, and the hoofs of a deer.

'Asian Art', AGNSW Collections, 1994, pg. 183.


Details


Other Title

Small dish decorated in red, green and white enamels with thepanom interspersed with rhomboids


Place where the work was made

Thailand


Period

Rama I Period 1782 - 1809 → Thailand


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

porcelain with red, green and white enamel decoration


Dimensions

20 cm diam.


Credit

Gift of Mr F. Storch 1987


Location

Not on display


Accession number

446.1987


Artist information

Bencharong ware

Works in the collection

14


Place

Where the work was made
Thailand

Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies, The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, 'Asian Art - India, South-East Asia, China, Tibet, Korea, Japan', pg. 173-228, Sydney, 1994, 183 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies and Edmund Capon, Asian Collection Handbook, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'South-East Asian Art', pg. 83-96, Sydney, 1990, 93 (colour illus.).