Things Thai: Antiques, Crafts, Collectibles

Things Thai: Antiques, Crafts, Collectibles

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Things Thai: Antiques, Crafts, Collectibles by Tanistha Dansilp

Things Thai presents over 60 different items from Thailand along with extensive cultural and historical background information.

Each is a collectible in its own right, and has some cultural relevance or a story to tell. Each object, be it a work of art, an emblem or something more everyday, represents an aspect of Thai life. Some items are devotional objects inspired by Theravada Buddhism, others are representative of the strong crafts tradition in the country; some have distinctive Thai design motifs, such as the kanok flame and vegetal motifs, others are simply pieces of clothing or jewelry—but all have a distinct bearing on Thai customs and culture.

Each item is photographed separately and detailed text explains its historical importance and cultural significance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804841641
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Publication date: 03/10/2011
Edition description: Revised,Hardcover with Jacket
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Tanistha Dansilp is a journalist and feature writer specializing in articles on cultural and environmental topics, and has contributed to a wide range of Thai magazines.

Michael Freeman has photographed extensively in Asia, both for magazines such as the Smithsonian, GEO and Conde Nast Traveler, and for numerous books on Asia and beyond.

Table of Contents

Decorative Arts8
Gilded lacquer10
Mother-of-pearl ware14
Sangkhalok ware16
Celadon ware18
Bencharong ware20
Gold jewellery22
Silver 'bullet' money24
Betel sets26
Thai silk30
Dressing tables and cabinets32
Boat figureheads34
Ivory chedi seals38
Musical instruments44
Khon masks46
Dancer's nail extenders48
Floral decorations and fruit and vegetable carvings50
Traditional Thai costumes52
Religious Paraphernalia54
Buddha images56
Buddha's hands60
Votive tablets62
Ceramic propitiatory figurines66
Spirit houses68
Offering receptacles70
Alms bowls72
Monk's fans74
Assembly hall models76
Monk's chairs78
Altar screens80
Scripture cabinets82
Monastery drums84
Monastery bells86
Ceramic temple fittings88
Monastery roof finials90
Eave brackets94
Carved door panels96
Door and window pediments98
Buddhist banners100
Rural Crafts102
Lanna gable decorations104
Carved Lanna lintels106
Seed baskets and scoops108
Sticky-rice containers110
Water dippers112
Coconut scrapers114
Carrying poles116
Farmer's hats118
Poppy seed pod incisers120
Hilltribe textiles122
Hilltribe jewellery126
Akha head-dresses130
Triangular cushions132
Tube skirts136
Skirt hems138
Wicker balls142
Selected Bibliography and Sources144

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