An early Thai, Sukhothai period Celadon-glazed stoneware figure of a mother, shown chewing an ancient form of Narcotic drug known as Miang.
The figure dates to approximately 1400 A.D. and was produced in Thailand's Ancient Si Satchanalai Kilns. The depiction is one of a woman, shown seated with her left leg internally rotated and her right leg to the side. She has large protruding breasts and clutches a stylized child close to her body. She appears relaxed with a large bulge in the corner of her mouth. These extremely rare figures are known to depict the chewing of Miang; a mild narcotic composed of fermented tea leaves.
Almost identical figures can be found in the British Museum, London (no. 1997,0326.8), in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and other important institutions.
Glen R. Brown has written a fascinating account of these "Miang-chewing" figures in his work, SiSatchanalai Celadons of the 14th-16th centuries.
Si-Satchanalai (pronounced, see-satch-en-alai), is an Ancient Kiln site located in North-Central Thailand. The Sisatchanalai Kilns produced some of the most magnificent ceramics in Asia from the 15th-16th Centuries.
Height: 4 1/2 inches.