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This early bronze dish has a flat base and a dramatically serrated edged border. It is particularly aesthetically pleasing, and dates to the 14th-15 century. Probably it was used either to hold a cosmetic powder or perhaps a medicinal ointment. (Lip balm was used relatively early so apply to lips that had cracked through excessive betel use.)
According to a label dated 1933 attached to the inside of the dish (believed to be in Maurice Collis’ handwriting), it was found, presumably excavated, in Tenasserim, an area that runs along the southern border between Burma and Thailand. The label states that the pieces are ‘Siamese’ and are from the Ayutthaya ‘dynasty’.
It has an excellent, encrusted, varying green-grey patina and is in very fine condition.
Somkiart Lopetcharat, Lopburi and Thavaravadi Sculptures in Thailand, Siam International Book Company, 2015.