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Candelabra Sattaphan
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This very unusual sattapan is from Mae Chaem District in Chiang Mai Province. The symbolic central mountain motif is raised up upon a platform. Highly decorated, elaborate floral motifs scroll around all three sides. At the base, nagas rest on top of a herd of elephants, with the Erawan, a three headed elephant that carries Phra Phrom at the center. The Naga lies at the center of the universe, protecting what is sacred.

History of the Object
Mae Chaem, located in an isolated valley, typifies the circumstances in which unusual evolution in form occurred throughout the Lanna Kingdom. This artifact is immediately recognizeable as originating in that area. The Lanna Kingdom was founded in the 13th century. Its strength rested upon trading networks developed between areas of southern China, northern Laos, northern Burma and northern Thailand. It was annexed by Siam in 1892.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Wood, lacquer, gold leaf, keo angwa 
Measurements
Width 58 cm. Height 167 cm. Length 139 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Thailand; Northern Thailand; Lanna Kingdom 
Geography
Thailand 
Time period
Unknown 
Creation date
Unknown 
Function
Religious ritual 
Acquisition
The collection was created in the 1980s. At that time, many artifacts moved out of northern Thailand. The Mae Fah Luang Foundation, wishing to make it possible for northern people to continue a relationship with their material heritage, collected different types of artifacts. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Mae Fah Luang Foundation 
Museum
Rai Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park 
Credit line
Mae Fah Luang Foundation 

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