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Object Number:72-13-2
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Thailand
Date Made: -1972
Late Date: 1972
Iconography:Sang Tong
Credit Line:Gift of Watson Kitner, 1972


Brass representation of Sang Tong, Prince of the Golden Conch (a northern Thai folkstory of a boy born in a conch shell and his miraculous exploits). Small metal representations of this story are a kind of talisman. An anthropomorphic image is shown in torso in cased in what appears to be a free adaption of a Sankha (conch) shell. Perhaps the figure is Garuda. The eagle vehicle-mount Vahan of Vishnu. The figure holds the hands in Anjali Mudra and appears to have a beak-like nose-both characteristic of Garuda; moreover the sankha is one of the traditional ayudahas (accoutrements) associated with Vishnu.

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