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An image of Toh jar decorated with coloured flowers in vertical patterns by Bencharong ware

Bencharong ware

(Thailand  – )

Title
Toh jar decorated with coloured flowers in vertical patterns
Place of origin
Thailand
Period
Rama I Period 1782 - 1809 → Thailand
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
porcelain with various enamel decoration on green background
Dimensions

19.3 x 14.4 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. not dated.
Credit
Gift of Mr F. Storch 1984
Accession number
67.1984
Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

Bencharong wares in particular reflect Thai taste. "Bencharong" is a form of five-coloured overglaze enamel ware, the name being derived from the Sanskrit 'panch' meaning "five" and 'rang', meaning "colour". Such wares reflect the Indianizing influences in Thai art: the decoration has its origins in the densely applied motifs of Indian art in which surfaces are completely covered with pattern in a regular and repetitive style.

Wares such as this piece were made for everyday use, initially only by the court but later more widely. The 'toh' jar is a water jar.

Asian Art Dept., AGNSW, March 1984.