An image of Toh jar decorated with coloured flowers in vertical patterns

Bencharong ware

(Thailand  – )

Toh jar decorated with coloured flowers in vertical patterns

Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

Bencharong wares in particular reflect Thai taste. "Bencharong" is a form of five-coloured overglaze enamel ware, the name being derived from the Sanskrit 'panch' meaning "five" and 'rang', meaning "colour". Such wares reflect the Indianizing influences in Thai art: the decoration has its origins in the densely applied motifs of Indian art in which surfaces are completely covered with pattern in a regular and repetitive style.

Wares such as this piece were made for everyday use, initially only by the court but later more widely. The 'toh' jar is a water jar.

Asian Art Dept., AGNSW, March 1984.

Place of origin
Thailand
Period
Thailand: Rama I Period 1782–1809
Media
Ceramic
Medium
porcelain with various enamel decoration on green background
Dimensions
19.3 x 14.4 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. not dated.
Credit
Gift of Mr F. Storch 1984
Accession number
67.1984