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Regalia
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

As a common practice in Lanna temples, sets of regalia are often arranged with a holder in front of the Buddha image or before the Asana. People still respect the fact that the Lord Buddha was a Prince from the Sakya Clan before he renounced the worldly way of life. These regalia resemble those used in royal processions or are arranged as a backdrop to the throne. There are five types - umbrella, yak tail whisk, shade, fan, and scepter, all sculpted in wood. However, the number is not limited and a complete set is seldom found.

History of the Object
The people of Lanna created sets of regalia to accompany Buddha images as a reminder of the royal origins of the Lord Buddha. 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
Other 
Materials
Wood, lacquer, cinnabar, gold leaf, keo angwa 
Measurements
Regalia, 5 pieces: Approximately 20-25-61 cm wide, 220-225 cm. in length. Container: L 25 cm. H 80 cm. W 31 cm. 
Creator name
Lanna 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Thailand; Lanna Kingdom, North of Thailand 
Geography
Thailand 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century 
Function
Religious paraphernalia accompanying Buddha image 
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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