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Title

Jar 'toh prik'


Artist

Bencharong ware

Thailand


About

'Lai Nam Thong' or 'Bencharong ware'

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 small 'toh prik' jar would have been used for medicine or cosmetics. The gilt stupa finial is a less common feature that probably reflects Cambodian influence.

Asian Art Dept., AGNSW, March 1984.


Details


Other Title

Octagonal toh prik jar decorated with vertical panels of gilt and red foilage designs


Places where the work was made

China
Thailand


Period

Rama II Period 1809 - 1824 → Thailand


Date

early 19th century


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

porcelain with enamel decoration and gold finial


Dimensions

6.0 x 5.5 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. not dated.


Credit

Gift of Mr F. Storch 1984


Location

Not on display


Accession number

68.1984.a-b


Artist information

Bencharong ware

Works in the collection

14


Place

Where the work was made
Thailand, China

Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Export Ceramics', Sydney, 2003, 143 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies, TAASA Review, 'The Nanhai Trade', pg. 4-7, Sydney, Mar 2004, 4-5, 6 (colour illus.), 7.