Headdress

Artist/maker unknown, Thai

Geography:
Made in Thailand, Asia

Period:
Ayutthaya Period (1351-1767)

Date:
15th century

Medium:
Gold with inlay of rubies and pearls

Dimensions:
7 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches (19.1 x 21.6 cm) Weight: 14.4 ounces (0.41 kg)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

* Gallery 232, Asian Art, second floor

Accession Number:
1982-105-1

Credit Line:
Purchased with the Far Eastern Art Revolving Fund, 1982

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Additional information:
  • PublicationPhiladelphia Museum of Art: Handbook of the Collections

    This rare early example of the Thai goldsmith's art was probably made for a princess by court craftsmen and dates to the fifteenth century, when Ayudhya was the capital of the country. The art of jewelry-making in Thailand reached great sophistication during this period, as demonstrated by this crown with its intricate design inlaid with rubies and pearls. The prestige of gold among the Thai ruling class was such that its usage and ornamentation were strictly prescribed by sumptuary regulations, and gold jewelry was often buried with its wearer in the tombs of members of the royal family. Felice Fischer, from Philadelphia Museum of Art: Handbook of the Collections (1995), p. 63.

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