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Footed bowl
Place of Origin: Thailand
Date: 1800-1900
Materials: Lacquered bamboo with mother-of-pearl inlay
Dimensions: H. 3 3/4 in x Diam. 6 in, H. 9.5 cm x Diam. 15.2 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Henry Ginsburg
Department: Southeast Asian Art
Collection: Decorative Arts
Object Number: 1999.6
On Display: No

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Containers with mother-of-pearl inlay such as this one are used in Buddhist ceremonies to hold offerings such as flowers, incense, candles, and ingredients for betel chewing.

Decoration in mother-of-pearl had a long history in Siam. In the 1800s high-ranking members of the royal family were appointed to oversee production in the Department of Mother-of-Pearl Inlay. By the end of the 1800s this art form started to lose favor as taste turned toward Western styles, and eventually the department was closed down in 1926. Some production continued in commercial workshops.


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Exhibition History: "Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam and Burma" Asian Art Museum, October 23, 2009 - January 10, 2010
Label:

Containers with mother-of-pearl inlay such as this one are used in Buddhist ceremonies to hold offerings such as flowers, incense, candles, and ingredients for betel chewing.

Decoration in mother-of-pearl had a long history in Siam. In the 1800s high-ranking members of the royal family were appointed to oversee production in the Department of Mother-of-Pearl Inlay. By the end of the 1800s this art form started to lose favor as taste turned toward Western styles, and eventually the department was closed down in 1926. Some production continued in commercial workshops.


Exhibition History: "Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam and Burma" Asian Art Museum, October 23, 2009 - January 10, 2010