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Early Thai Bronze Taza or Betel Tray

Tenasserim region, Thailand/Burma
circa 14th-15th century

diameter: 17cm, height: 9.8cm, weight: 380g

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Provenance

private collection, London. Apparently collected in Tenasserim in 1933.

This early pedestal tray or taza probably was used to serve betel. It could also have been used to rest a conch shell trumpet used during rituals. It is of cast bronze and has a domed, tiered foot, and a tray with a pleasing, pierced rim.

According to a label dated 1933 attached to another item from the same group, it was found, presumably excavated in Tenasserim, an area which runs along the southern border between Burma and Thailand. The label states that the pieces are ‘Siamese’ and are from the Ayutthaya ‘dynasty’.

The taza has a fine, encrusted, varying green-grey patina and is in very fine condition.

References

Somkiart Lopetcharat, Lopburi and Thavaravadi Sculptures in Thailand, Siam International Book Company, 2015.

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