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Scripture Box
CM 11-2516
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

From an art history point of view, it is less interesting than object CM 13-2516 from our collection. However, the decorations are more elaborate. The box is painted with red paint from the Chaa tree and with gold paint. For our museum it is therefore a masterpiece because of its beauty.

History of the Object
It is not known how the box came to be at the Buddhasatan.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Painted wood with inlaid mother of pearl decorations 
Measurements
Width 76 cm Height 136 cm Length 77 cm  
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Thailand 
Geography
Thailand 
Time period
AD 19th century ~ AD 19th century 
Creation date
19th Century 
Function
A box where Buddhist scriptures of the temple were kept. There is a scene depicted on the box in which Buddha, in his image as Vessandhara, gives his elephant to the people of a city that suffered from severe drought. It was believed that the elephant could invoke rain. Other images show that Buddha gave his daughter, son and wife away and thus shows that he did not want to possess anything. 
Acquisition
The object was acquired from the Buddhasatan, an educational Buddhist Centre in Chiangmai. 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
State of Thailand 
Museum
Chiang Mai National Museum 
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