LukJan is a fruit of Thailand. It is a tropical tree in the ebony and persimmon family that flowers are white. It bears fruit which is yellow in color and is known as “Gold Apples”. When ripe it is slightly sweet with an astringent taste, which can be used to make Thai desserts. The seeds can be used for medicinal purposes.
This miniature covered box is one of the most prolific forms in Bencharong and stands out for its fine, intricate decoration. The lid is in the shape of the lotus bud.
Formerly, this LukJan covered box contained skincare and face powders used on the dressing tables of female consorts or was used as a miniature accessory box. Nowadays, this intricate decorative painted covered box can be used as the invaluable keepsake urns for containing a small portion of the loved ones as Thai people contain the lord Buddha’s bone ashes and the ancestors’ ashes for worship, remembrance, and memories.
Lotus with golden dots design is a contemporary pattern influenced by the Chinese technique of freehand drawing by the delicately fancy lotus and leaves on the doted gold background. Lotus is the most represented flower in eastern traditions and religions which is a symbol of purity, enlightenment, self-regeneration, and rebirth. The lotus is also an emblem of Thai art which is a flower most respected in Buddhism of Thailand which lotus flower’s iconography and spiritual history are rich and deep. A journey from a muddy seed to a glorious blossom offers hope which means something beautiful can grow from suffering and that will eventually bloom. Therefore, the lotus is a token of perseverance and hope, a reminder to always trust in the unseen path that leads to the sun. Although cultures have their own interpretations of this daily process, there is a general consensus among ancient texts that it symbolizes spiritual enlightenment and rebirth. The lotus stunned people with its ability to dip into the grime and revive itself unscathed-an incredible daily cycle of life, death, and a sudden immaculate rebirth that can only be described as spiritual. It is no wonder the lotus is associated with such celestial symbolism-the flower simply defies logic.