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An image of Jar 'toh prik' by Bencharong ware

Bencharong ware

(Thailand  – )

Jar 'toh prik'
Other titles:
Octagonal toh prik jar decorated with vertical panels of gilt and red foilage designs
Place of origin
Rama II Period 1809 - 1824 → Thailand
early 19th century
Media category
Materials used
porcelain with enamel decoration and gold finial

6.0 x 5.5 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. not dated.
Gift of Mr F. Storch 1984
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

'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.

Bibliography (2)

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.