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Title

Phan waen pah

1824-1851

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Alternative title
    Two-tiered receptacle
    Place where the work was made
    Thailand
    Period
    Rama III Period 1824 - 1851 → 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
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    523.1993.a-b
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Thailand

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 5 publications