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Seal

19th century (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Ivory with traces of red seal ink
Brief Description
Ivory seal in the shape of a Buddhist stupa with armed soldier carved on base, Bangkok, 19th century
Physical Description
Seal in the shape of a Buddhist stupa, carved in intaglio on the base with a design of an armed soldier
Dimensions
  • Height: 10cm
  • Diameter: 5.5cm
Gallery Label
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)
Credit line
Gift from Doris Duke's Southeast Asian Art Collection
Summary
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.
Collection
Accession Number
IS.10-2005

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record createdJuly 1, 2005
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