Palm-leaf Manuscript Storage Box


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 250

The workmanship and artistry of this manuscript box is of the highest quality, akin to secular objects made for court use in the early Bangkok period. This art form was especially refined in the early to mid-19th century, especially during the reign of Rama III (1824-51). The technique seen here is faultless, the carving of the individual plates of mother-of-pearl is uniformly refined and sophisticated. This workmanship belongs in the finest category of royal workshop production of the early 19th century, the apogee of Siamese mother-of-pearl production.

Palm-leaf Manuscript Storage Box, Lacquered wood with mother-of-pearl inlay; brass hinges and keyed lock., Thailand

Due to rights restrictions, this image cannot be enlarged, viewed at full screen, or downloaded.

Open Access

As part of the Met's Open Access policy, you can freely copy, modify and distribute this image, even for commercial purposes.


Public domain data for this object can also be accessed using the Met's Open Access API.