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 Queen Sirikit to President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush, 1991


  • Title: Gold Niello bowl
  • Date Created: 1991
  • Location Created: Texas, USA
  • Physical Dimensions: 10.4 x 18.0 cm - Overall: 11.5 H cm
  • Provenance: Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration - G. Bush Library
  • Type: Craft

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