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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
South-East Asia, Room 47a

Necklace

2002 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This unique necklace was made by two senior Thai lecturers and goldsmiths who are employed by the Royal College of Goldsmiths in Bangkok. They have used the ancient Thai goldsmithing technique of woven gold wire links to create a modern design that also draws inspiration from the Thai flower called Dok Peep.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Gold wires, woven
Brief Description
Necklace (choker) made from plaited gold wire.
Physical Description
A necklace/choker of woven gold mail forming a band from which are attached 14 gold chains with floral ornaments attached.
Dimensions
  • Diameter: 12cm
  • Length: 42cm
Gallery Label
CHOKER AND MATCHING EARRINGS Gold Royal College of Goldsmiths, Grand Palace, Bangkok Designed by Santhi Wongchan Made by Niphon Yodkranpan 2003 IS 221-2006, IS.222:1,2-2006 These pieces were created by two senior master craftsmen/tutors at the Royal College of Goldsmiths in Bangkok. In making them they used the Thai gold-working technique of linked-wires, or ‘woven’ gold, once practised at Ayutthaya, the medieval capital of Thailand. The design draws on the open trumpets of a local flower called dok peep. (1/10/2008)
Object history
Made by Mr Niphon Yodkranpan (born 10.01.73) now a senior lecturer/instructor at the Royal Goldsmiths College in Bangkok. The piece was designed by a colleague a Mr Santhi Wongchan of Sukothai Province who was inspired for the floral elements by the flower called "Dok Peep" and for construction by ancient Thai techniques of gold weaving.
Historical context
This is a modern re-use of an ancient "woven gold" technique used in medieval Thai goldwork as seen in the regalia excavated from stupas at Ayutthaya.
Production
Made at at Royal College of Goldsmiths, Bangkok.
Subject depicted
Summary
This unique necklace was made by two senior Thai lecturers and goldsmiths who are employed by the Royal College of Goldsmiths in Bangkok. They have used the ancient Thai goldsmithing technique of woven gold wire links to create a modern design that also draws inspiration from the Thai flower called Dok Peep.
Collection
Accession Number
IS.221-2006

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record createdOctober 6, 2006
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