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Candelabra
CM 635-2516
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It is a beautiful object of high quality.

History of the Object
There are some inscriptions on the base of the candleholder like the name of the person who ordered this holder. She was Miss Camphaeng Kho Yamsaeng. She donated the holder to the temple, when her husband died. Wat Phra Singh held the holder since 1924, the year in which it was made.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Painted wood and decorated with coloured glass 
Measurements
Height 214 cm Length 192 cm  
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Thailand; Chiangmai 
Geography
Thailand 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century; 1924 
Function
Ritual. It shows the seven mountains that are around the Universe. It is decorated with six naga's, the mythical snake-like animals which we find in many Buddhist places. One naga wanted to become a monk, but the Buddha did not want animals to enter monkhood. The naga then impersonated himself as a human.  
Acquisition
Donated by Wat Phra Singh. The museum has several objects on loan from the Phra Singh Temple. This candleholder was considered less important to the temple and hence was donated to the museum. See also CM 39-2516 and CM 38-2516  
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The Kingdom of Thailand 
Museum
Chiang Mai National Museum 
Credit line
 

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