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Scripture Box
CM 13-2516
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The decorations are beautiful--for instance the pot with flowers at the front, called phuranakatta. It is a symbol for a rich life. This is a decoration we also find in the Khmer region . The symbol originated from India. The flowers are made of coloured glass, a technique learned from the Burmese. The decorations on the cover of the box show the influence of Lan Xang (present day Laos). The same decorations were found on the roof of a temple in Lan Xang. The style from the temple was imitated to decorate this box. The cover is more or less a copy of the temple roof. Because of all these clear cultural influences, this box is more important than the other ones we have.

History of the Object
We do not know how the object came to be at the Buddhasatan

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Type
Other 
Materials
wood, decorated with lacquer, coloured glass and silver as well as some stucco. 
Measurements
Width 70 cm Height 87.5 cm Length 80.5 cm  
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Thailand 
Geography
Thailand 
Time period
AD 15th century ~ AD 16th century 
Creation date
15th Century - 16th Century 
Function
A box where Buddhist scriptures were kept. 
Acquisition
The object was acquired from the Buddhasatan, an educational Buddhist Centre in Chiang Mai. The Buddhasatan also functioned as a museum and received many objects from abandoned temples for guarding. The Box was donated to the museum on the occasion of the opening in 1973. See also: CM 540-2516; 6-2516; 11-2516 and 273-2524. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
 
Museum
Chiang Mai National Museum 
Credit line
 

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