(Thailand – )
Bowl decorated with Buddhist figures
- Other titles:
- Bowl decorated with thepanon and norasingh
- Upper Asian gallery
- Further information
This exceptionally fine piece of Bencharong dates to the late Ayuthya period (1350-1767), when the style arose. The bowl is decorated in deep and varied colours with alternate images of 'thepanom' and 'norasingh', both minor Buddhist deities. Typically the 'thepanom' sit cross-legged in a praying posture, nude except for a petalled collar, bracelets and crown, while the 'norasingh', believed to reside in the mythical Himaphan forest in the Himalayan mountains, have a human head, the hindquarters of a lion with a flame-tipped tail and the hoofs of a deer.
The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.142.
- Place of origin
- Thailand: Ayutthaya period 1350–1767
- 18th century
- porcelain with enamel decoration
- 9.5 x 20.0 cm
- Gift of Mr F. Storch 1985
- Accession number