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 Grandson Patrick Lyndon Nugent, 1967


  • Title: Gold niello 'Turtle
  • Date Created: 1967
  • Location Created: Texas, USA
  • Physical Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.4 x 5.4 cm - Overall: 6.0 x 11.5 cm diam.
  • Provenance: Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration - Johnson Library
  • Type: Craft

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