Siam Sterling Silver Niello Compact w Goddess Phra Mae Thorani Figure This octagon shaped sterling silver niello decorated compact measures 2 3/4” across (point to point). The etched figure depicts Phra Mae Thorani, known throughout Southeast Asia as Mother Earth or Lady Earth. She is most often depicted like this figure, a young woman wringing the cool waters of detachment from her hair to drown the demon Mara and his army. They were sent to tempt Gautama Buddha, thereby causing him to fail to reach the highest state of Enlightenment. This plot failed and the Buddha was able to attain Enlightenment. The dark background highlights the sparkling etched marks forming the figure. The lid has several short superficial scratches, best seen in bright light with the compact held to the side. They don’t interfere with the image at all. The rim of the octagon shaped compact displays a beautiful niello design. The lift type clasp functions perfectly. The interior has a framed original mirror which is clouded but still displays a sharp image. The open powder well is marked “Thai Nakon / silversmith’s logo / silver 939 / Made in Siam.” The silver content of 939 is slightly higher than 925 content we usually see marked. The base is unmarked. It has a few minor surface scratches and a few pinpoint sized surface nicks. The weight is 60 grams. Overall, the condition is very good to excellent for this lovely compact. Your compact will be shipped by Insured Priority Mail. As always it is guaranteed to meet your expectations. SATISFACTION GUARANTEE: We like all our customers to be happy and fully satisfied with their purchase. Therefore, we cheerfully accept returns for full refunds with no reason required. If you plan to return an item, please notify us by email within 3 days following its delivery. We will reply with the easy steps to take to ensure a full refund. :-) Thank you very much for looking.
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