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. -
Gift from King Bhumibol Adulyadej to First Lady Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson, 1967


  • Title: Gold Niello bowl
  • Date Created: 1967
  • Location Created: Texas, USA
  • Physical Dimensions: 14.4 x 25.4-25.9 cm
  • Provenance: Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration - Johnson Library
  • Type: Craft

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