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Ivory Carving in Thailand
12. Royal howdah
Royal howdah

This howdah represents northern Thailand ivory craftsmanship of the early 20th century that has since disappeared. The howdah is made of ivory pieces carved in separate pieces and assembled later. The floral design is fretworked. Each piece in the row of balustrades was lathed individually, assembled, and attached over the fretwork. The howdah was a decorative item and kept on display in the royal palace.

All text and images Daniel Stiles 2003

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