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Gilded Niello Box
19th century

length: 14.5cm, width: 8.5cm, thickness: 4cm; weight: 288g

This rectangular box, most probably designed to hold betel nut, is of beaten, high-grade silver, decorated with niello work and then gilded (gold plated).

The hinged cover and sides are all decorated with the
lai dok phuttan (flower) motif.

The box has obvious age. It was acquired in the UK and most probably came to the UK during colonial times via northern Malaya (Malaysia). There are no
significant losses. The lid closes shut tightly and evenly.

References: Naengnoi Punjabhan, Silverware in Thailand, Rerngrom Publishing, 1991.

Provenance:  UK art market

Inventory no.: 3163 SOLD