Massive Thai Red and Gold Kranock Hand Carved Wooden Sculpture - the Aspara & Musicians
One of the largest Thai wood carvings we have seen. A real statement piece.
Standing at over 34" tall this early 20th. Century sculpture portrays Thai musicians (orchestra) on two levels accompanying the deity above, an Aspara on a horse. Each side of the sculpture has rising kranok 'flames'. The exemplar and inspiration of Kranok pattern is the flame - the symbol of passion.
Lightly gilded with a background of brick red - the gold colour is not bright, more an old gold shade. Deeply carved from one single piece of wood, possibly teak, this took a long time to make. It is stable and has been well looked after. No chips visible.
This carving would look fantastic correctly lit and placed on a console, table or shelf - especially in an entryway or hallway. It could possibly be hung on a wall if supported correctly.
This is a very unusual carving and a great decorator piece for a home, hotel or office.
L22", D6", H34.5".
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Kranok refers to patterns of decorative lines (in this case the flames) that appear in artworks. Within this category, there are many patterns including Kranok Sam Thua, Kranok Plaew, Kranok Bai Tet, etc. The purpose of Thai pattern is to be used in religious institutions and the monarchy.