14th C. Nursing Mother Narcotic Miang Chewer Post Khmer Sukhothai Thai Statue Very Rare. Si-Satchanalai Kilns, Thailand, 1400 A.D.

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Seller: ochonegro (997) 0%, Location: San Francisco, California, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 111279864036 RARE 14th C. Nursing Mother Narcotic Chewer Post Khmer Sukhothai Statue Age : Approximately 1400 A.D.Size : 4" TallCondition : Excellent. Minor restorations to the right ear, neck and left arm. Figures of this type are broken, almost without exception. This piece survives in comparatively very good condition. Unusually for figures of this type, black pigment can be seen on the right eye.Provenance : Ex. London Private Collection, acquired 1990's. Previously in a South East Asian private collection. This is the last figure from a small collection, acquired over a 30 year period. Almost identical figures can be found in the British Museum, London (no. 1997,0326.8) and other important institutions. This is an early Thai, Sukhothai period Celadon-glazed stoneware figure of a nursing mother, shown chewing an ancient form of narcotic drug known as Miang. The figure dates to approximately 1400 AD and was produced in Thailand's Ancient Si Satchanalai Kilns. The depiction is one of a woman, shown seated with her left leg internally rotated and her right leg to the side. She has large protruding breasts and clutches a child close to her body. She appears relaxed with a large bulge in the corner of her mouth. These extremely rare figures are known to depict the chewing of Miang; a mild narcotic composed of fermented tea leaves. Glen R. Brown has written a fascinating account of these "Miang-chewing" figures in his work, Si-Satchanalai Celadons of the 14th-16th centuries Si-Satchanalai (pronounced see-satch-en-aly), is an Ancient Kiln site located in North-Central Thailand. The Sisatchanalai Kilns produced some of the most magnificent ceramics in Asia from the 15th-16th Centuries. An extraordinary and historically significant piece for the serious collector. Type: Statues, Primary Material: Porcelain & Pottery, Age: Pre-1800, Region of Origin: Southeast Asia, Original/Reproduction: Original

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