(Thailand – )
19.3 x 14.4 cm
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.