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Seal

  • Place of origin:

    Bangkok (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ivory with traces of red seal ink

  • Credit Line:

    Gift from Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection

  • Museum number:

    IS.10-2005

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Both monks and government officials used seals to mark receipts and official papers. Monks also placed seal imprints on sacred texts and other temple belongings to identify them. Appropriately in a Buddhist country these seals have been made to resemble the Buddhist reliquary monument or stupa, in Thailand called chedi.

Physical description

Seal in the shape of a Buddhist stupa, carved in intaglio on the base with a design of an armed soldier

Place of Origin

Bangkok (made)

Date

19th century (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Ivory with traces of red seal ink

Dimensions

Height: 10 cm, Diameter: 5.5 cm

Descriptive line

Ivory seal in the shape of a Buddhist stupa with armed soldier carved on base, Bangkok, 19th century

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]

Categories

Buddhism; Tools & Equipment

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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