Kuman Thong (golden ghost boy) .Thai Ivory Figure, 18th - 19th century.

South East Asian ivory figure late 18th or early 19th century, with pierced ears, originally with clothing.   Siamese, 19th Ratana Period.

It's called Kuman Thong (golden ghost boy) it's a little spook Thai people place in their shrines believe he can find money for them.

By taken him into your home is adopting a new child and you accept to take care for him, if you not do so he turns into a nasty child. That is the reason why he is naked, you have to dress him. He only eats sweet and exclusively drinks Nam-Daeng. Original Kuman Thong are rooted in Thai animist black magic and is taboo. A stillborn fetus was removed from the womb, dry- roasted while chanted mantras to bind the spirit of the stillborn child to it. After the corpse was covered in lacquer and gold leaf, that's how he got his name Kuman Thong.  There are also piercings in the ears so it almost certainly had ear rings, some fingers have been replaced.

Size:                    9¾ inches high or 25cm high.

Provenance:        Ex collection Hugh Moss, London,  Ex private Collection London,

Reference:           Tardy Les Ivories Part II 1977, page 204 The ivory is illustrated from the collection of Hugh moss with two other similar examples that are in the National Museum of Bangkok.

 

Being sold from Edric van Vredenburgh Collection catalogue No 453.

Link to Catalogue:   

http://one-year-of-art.com/EVV/index.html

                             Finch Catalogue No 20 September 2013.