Chased Silver Bowl
diameter: 12.8cm, height: 6.8cm, weight: 196g
This solid silver bowl is chased with four oval cartouches showing fight scenes that probably are inspired by the Ramayana. The cartouches are separated by finely rendered interlocking lai kranok krue tao flame/flower motifs all within two thin borders of lai dok prajam yam motifs.
The base is plain and unmarked.
The form and patina of this bowl suggest a nineteenth century dating. The proportions are not unlike those of nineteenth century silver bowls that were used to measure out dry rice in aristocratic households – the dimensions being based on half a coconut shell.
Byachrananda, J., Thai Mother-of-Pearl Inlay, River Books, 2001.
Ling Roth, H.,
Oriental Silverwork: Malay and Chinese, Truslove & Hanson, 1910.
UK private collection
Inventory no.: 1728