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Howdah, throne
CM 633-2516
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It is a beautiful throne especially because of the ivory decoration. But what also makes it a masterpiece from our museum’s point of view, is that it was used by King Rama VII.

History of the Object
King Rama VII used this throne. He used it only when he visited Chiang Mai.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Wood and ivory decorations. 
Measurements
Width 176.5 cm Height 80 cm. Length 76.5 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Thailand; Chiang Mai 
Geography
Thailand 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century 
Function
This kind of throne used to be placed on top of an elephant when the king went for a ride. It was used by the rulers when they had to travel or when there was a war.  
Acquisition
The daughter of the last ruler of Chiangmai, Princess Bwa Thip Na Chiangmai, donated the throne to the museum in 1973 on the occasion of the opening of the museum.  
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The Kingdom of Thailand 
Museum
Chiang Mai National Museum 
Credit line
 

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