Dusit Thani Bangkok
Off The Beaten Track – Art of The Kingdom of Thailand
“Arts of the Kingdom” offers a magnificent opportunity to view this exhibition of exquisite but rarely seen traditional Thai crafts, which reflect decades of work under the Royal Patronage of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit.
The Suphannabhetra (or “Golden Sampan”) ship is crafted from gold nielloware (a mixture of gold, silver and lead). Its mast is damascened with an inlay of hair-fine gold and silver wires and with enamelled flags at the top. The sails are filigreed gold sheets. The mat lining the ship is woven strips of gold. The front of the ship is in embossed gold. At the fore of the sampan is a flat area with a lotus-shaped base and gold structures surrounding the deck. Two nagas hang down from the fore section with their mouths affixed to handles of gold lanterns. These bear dangling gold chains that end with enamelled figures of the monkey warrior Marud (also known as Hanuman) and the mermaid Suphannamatcha.
Both sides of the fore stern are ornamented with enamelled demon’s faces. The bulwark panels are filigreed and inserted with strips of metallic beetle parts and gold flowers. The aft stern panels of filigreed gold have enamelled Vayupak birds affixed on both the port and starboard sides. A Chinese-styled pavilion with tiered roofs, fashioned by the damascene method of inlaying silver and gold wires, is placed at the stern upon a lotus base. The elegant Sampan floats on filigreed sheets of gilded silver waves.
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