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Antique Benjarong Lidded Polychromed Jar

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Antique Benjarong Lidded Polychromed Jar
The Art and Orchid Gallery's hand decorated condiment jar is from Thailand, the 19th Century Bangkok Period.[198A] Similar ceramic lidded jars from Thailand (Siam) were made in China for the Thai market between 1775 and 1825 and can be found in references.[198B, 179C] Larger covered containers were used in Thailand to serve food and smaller ones, like ours, contained betel nuts (nuts of the Betel palm), or a condiment made of betel nuts.[198D] This vessel and cover are made of porcelain with a hardness of 7 and transparent as true porcelain.[33E] They have been glazed white inside and outside, then over glazed in 4 enamel colors; hence, the Benjarong name. There is a dark green enamel applied around black line, repetitive floral designs; then, splashed in glossy three colors of enamels. Some comma-like designs (probably representing dead leaves) are left unenameled so that the white glazed base shows. The lid for our jar, and many other referenced lids, has a flat handle allowing it to stand by itself when removed and inverted as a mini-footed bowl.(see photo) A final ornamentation on this antique are four copper alloy rings; two, circle the bowl at the foot and rim; and two circle the lid on the handle and where the lip meets the bowl rim. References available upon request. Size: ~ 5" H x 4 1/2"; Weight: ~ 497 grams;

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