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Product ID: 59614

Lacquered wood offering centerpiece, "Khantok"

byNantana Sompamitre: icon star icon star icon star icon star icon star (69)
Mystic in conception and antique in artistry, this lacquer khantok offering tray... more

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Mystic in conception and antique in artistry, this lacquer khantok offering tray exudes solemn elegance and tradition. Nantana Sompamitre works alongside her trained artisans to create this piece, and they seek to preserve Thailand's kruang-kern, or "lacquerware heritage."

"This piece is inspired by the people's faith in Buddhism and their ceremonies," explains Sompamitre. "This is the real character of Lanna people, it represents this rich culture of ours."

To craft a piece such as this one, mango wood is carefully hand-shaped upon a lathe and then a mixture of lacquer - obtained from trees and ashes of burnt rice paddy husks - is applied. Upon exposure to air the mixture dries to form a watertight seal which is polished before another coat is applied. This process is repeated up to twenty times, building up a rigid base, and a final polish is given with a sandpaper-like leaf. Then up to six coats of pure lacquer are painted on the object, with drying periods in between each coat. The final layer is washed with water and polished with powdered fired clay, giving it a gleaming shine. Next a gilding technique called lai rot nam (watered pattern), is applied whereby it is firstly engraved free-hand with a sharp-pointed tool, and then the piece is dusted with a wooden powder. The black background is covered with a yellow gummy paint, which comes from a tree resin that has been placed in water for a day. After that, a thin coat of lacquer is applied to the entire surface and, before it dries, gold leaf is placed over it. The piece is then left to dry for approximately 20 hours. Finally the whole lacquer ware is thoroughly rinsed in water rinsing out impurities or unattached gold leaf. The result is a piece of rich artistry where shimmering gold engraved designs contrast against a high-gloss black background.

  • 2.19 kgs
  • 4.8 lbs
  • 20.5 cm H x 39 cm Diam.
  • 8" H x 15.25" Diam.

  • Mango wood
  • For decorative use only
  • Do not use abrasives
  • Clean with a soft, dry cloth
  • Made in Thailand.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Thailandicon info
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69

From OH

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04/29/2020

"Blue Eyed Kitter - a purrrr-fect gift"

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Poor little Blue Eyed Cats review never shows up... I bought this years ago as a gift for a friend of mine...I get a smile when I see it proudly displayed in her home. Painted details are exquisite.

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From 37932

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04/22/2020

"Exquisite detail!"

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Purple is my favorite color along with black! Perfect for my rings when I put lotion on or shower! I love the floral design and everything about this small (its actually quite larger than I expected) treasure!

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From Indianapolis, IN, USA

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03/26/2020

"I love the mango wood cat boxes"

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I have two of these now in different patterns. Very well crafted and painted. Love them both!

Best Uses

  • Trinkets, small jewelry like rings or earrings

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03/24/2020

"Gorgeous"

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Weve had this box for a little while now and its used daily to put rings in when Im in the kitchen or crafting. It has held up to a lot of use and still looks as beautiful as the day I opened the package

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02/26/2020

"Beautiful"

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This was a gift for my mother,who loves elephants.Lovely piece,the laquerwork is perfect,not a flaw to be seen.She will treasure it.

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01/30/2020

"Floral Fantasy"

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Elegant unique shaped trinket box for small treasures.

Best Uses

  • Jewelry box, treasure storage

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