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Scripture Box
CM 12-2516
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It is beautifully decorated and the decorations are surprisingly clear. The gold paint is special. It is made from roots of the tamarind tree.

History of the Object
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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Wood, gold paint and black paint 
Measurements
Width 20 cm Height 87,5 cm Length 80,5 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Thailand; Northern Thailand 
Geography
Thailand 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th century 
Function
A box where Buddhist scriptures from the temple were kept. The decorations on the box depict the story of the Prince Siddhart, the name of the Lord Buddha during his life as a Prince. This scene depicts him leaving the palace to become a monk. 
Acquisition
The object was acquired from the Buddhasatan, an educational Buddhist Centre in Chiang Mai. It was donated on the occasion of the opening of the museum in 1973. The Buddhasatan functioned as a museum and received many objects for guarding from abandoned temples. See also: CM 540-2516; 6-2516; 13- 2516 and 273-2524 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The Kingdom of Thailand 
Museum
Chiang Mai National Museum 
Credit line
 

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