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Receptacle

Receptacle

  • Place of origin:

    Bangkok (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood, mother of pearl and lacquer

  • Credit Line:

    Gift from Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection

  • Museum number:

    IS.8:1 to 3-2005

  • Gallery location:

    South-East Asia, Room 47a, case 4 []

Stands such as this were used by the king and nobility to give food flowers, incense and other offerings to the monk community or Sangha. The most important gift giving ceremonies called Kathin occur at the end of the rainy season, between the full moons of October and November. At this time new monastic robes and food are given to the Sangha.

Physical description

A circular footed offering stand with conical cover made of wood covered in mother of pearl and lacquer. The layers of decoration are picked out in red lacquer.

Place of Origin

Bangkok (made)

Date

19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Wood, mother of pearl and lacquer

Dimensions

Height: 53.3 cm, Diameter: 46 cm

Descriptive line

Offering stand and cover made of wood covered in mother of pearl and lacquer; Bangkok, Thailand; 19th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

N. Tingley, Doris Duke. The Southeast Asain Art Collection, New York, 2003, pl. 65, p. 85.

Labels and date

PRESENTATION VESSEL WITH COVER (THAI: TIEB)
Rattan, mother of pearl and lacquer
Thailand
19th century

IS 8:1-3--2005

Splendid receptacles such as this were used by royalty and the nobility to present food offerings to monks.
To create the design pieces of shell (turbo and trochus), fished from the Gulf of Thailand, are set into lacquer and the spaces between filled with a charcoal and sap paste. When dry this is rubbed and polished until smooth.

[1/10/2008]

Materials

Mother of pearl; Wood

Techniques

Carved

Categories

Lacquerware

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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