In the twentieth century, nielloware was no longer a symbol of status but a modern celebration of traditional Thai culture. Although some of these items resemble the water bowls and tea sets gifted in the nineteenth century, several clearly represent a modern interpretation. The container shaped like a bell pepper gifted to First Lady Laura Bush by Queen Sirikit exemplifies how the repertoire for these objects expanded to include new shapes.


  • Title: Gold Niello container
  • Date Created: 2003
  • Location Created: Texas, USA
  • Physical Dimensions: Lid and bottom: 9.3 x 8.0 cm diam. - Overall 3 pieces: 13.0 x 9.3 cm diam.
  • Provenance: Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration - W. Bush Library
  • Type: Craft

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