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Title

Phan waen pah

1824-1851


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

The skill and dedication required to make fine lacquer objects such as this had a natural parallel in Buddhist devotions. For this reason the utensils, furniture and fittings that adorned the more important and wealthy Buddhist temples were usually flamboyant objects that glittered with subtle reflections of mother-of-pearl. Elaborate trays like this were used in Buddhist ceremonies by the monks, who would place their robes on the upper pedestal before an image of the Buddha. A classic and uniquely Thai form, this receptacle is decorated with seated 'thepanom' - minor Buddhist deities - and floral-inspired ornamental motifs that echo the Buddhist decorative style. Thailand is renowned for its distinctive 'hoi fai', or flaming mother-of-pearl, made from the shell of the turbo snail that is indigenous to the Gulf of Thailand.

Art Gallery Handbook, 1999. pg. 300.


Details


Alternative title

Two-tiered receptacle


Place where the work was made

Thailand


Date

1824-1851


Media category

Lacquerware


Materials used

black lacquer with mother-of-pearl inlay


Dimensions

38.0 x 33.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1993


Accession number

523.1993.a-b



Place

Where the work was made
Thailand

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 5 publications

Bibliography


Phiphitthaphanthasathān hæng Chāt, Treasures from the National Museum, Bangkok, Bangkok, 1987, 118 (illus.). comparative piece

Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Asian Collection: South-East Asia', pg. 298-301, Sydney, 1999, 300 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies, Arts of Asia, 'New Dimensions', pg. 54-63, Hong Kong, Nov 2003-Dec 2003, 61 (colour illus.). no.17

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2003, 332 (colour illus.).

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.).