Pair of chopsticks with covers

These bone chopsticks with silver encasings represent a fraction of the wide repertoire of silver accessories made, worn and exchanged by highland communities in northern Thailand. Silver was valued more highly than gold by many highland communities, who used it as currency for trade. Old silver coins from Burma, French Indochina and China were often melted down or incorporated to make jewellery, and other accessories for both men and women.Yao silversmiths have a good reputation for quality craftsmanship. However, today many in northern Thailand produce all kinds of new designs for Thai jewellery retailers.

Date/Period
Early 20th century
Region
Northern Thailand
Dimension
Unknown Type: Please refer to parts
Accession No.
1993-00867
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Silver

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