Silver bowl, Thailand. Museum no. IS.60-1958.

Silver bowl, Thailand. Museum no. IS.60-1958.

Bowl
Bangkok, Thailand
mid-late 19th century
Silver, silver alloy, silver gilt (niello)
Diameter 14cm
Museum no. IS. 60-1958

The body of this niello bowl is decorated with celestial dancers set amidst flowering foliage. Niello is created by removing the surface surrounding the main design and filling it with an alloy of silver and lead. When heated this turns black, so highlighting the featured design. Here parts of the leaf pattern and figures have also been further enriched with gilding.