An image of Jar 'toh prik'

Bencharong ware

(Thailand  – )

Jar 'toh prik'

Other titles:
Octagonal toh prik jar decorated with vertical panels of gilt and red foilage designs
Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

'Lai Nam Thong' or 'Bencharong ware'

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 small 'toh prik' jar would have been used for medicine or cosmetics. The gilt stupa finial is a less common feature that probably reflects Cambodian influence.

Asian Art Dept., AGNSW, March 1984.

Place of origin
China
Thailand
Period
Thailand: Rama II Period 1809–1824
Year
early 19th century
Media
Ceramic
Medium
porcelain with enamel decoration and gold finial
Dimensions
6.0 x 5.5 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. not dated.
Credit
Gift of Mr F. Storch 1984
Accession number
68.1984.a-b