An image of Bowl decorated with thepanom and norasingh

Bencharong ware

(Thailand  – )

Bowl decorated with thepanom and norasingh

Other titles:
Small dish decorated in red, green and white enamels with thepanom interspersed with rhomboids
Not on display
Further information

This bowl, decorated on the inside and outside, is a particularly fine example of Bencharong (literally "five colours") ware, the most esteemed of later Thai ceramics. It is, in fact, Chinese porcelain decorated to Thai taste in the bright enamel glazes that the Chinese mastered technically in the eighteenth century. This bowl is decorated with alternating images of 'thepanom' and 'norasingh', both minor Buddhist deities belonging to the Theravada school of Buddhism. Typically the 'thepanom' (celestial beings who live in one of the six lower Buddhist heavens) 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, has a human head, the hindquarters of a lion with a flame-tipped tail, and the hoofs of a deer.

'Asian Art', AGNSW Collections, 1994, pg. 183.

Place of origin
Thailand: Rama I Period 1782–1809
porcelain with red, green and white enamel decoration
20 cm diam.
Gift of Mr F. Storch 1987
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