Goldmuseum Taipei - Metal Crafts Competition 2018.

Mourning Jewelry. How We Mourn.

Exhibition  /  15 Feb 2017  -  25 Feb 2017
Published: 09.02.2017

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Mourning tradition has been present in Thailand throughout our history. It is believed that Thai mourning tradition was influenced by Chinese and Indian cultures, where the mourners exhibit behaviors that are different from their normal day to day behaviors such as shaving their heads and wearing white garment to signal to others that they are mourning the deaths of their loved ones. The introduction of wearing black for mourning came into Thailand during the reign of King Rama the 4th (1851-1868).

Artist list

Nutre Arayavanish, Pornruedee Boonyapan, Jittrakarn Bunterngpiboon, Nappakamol Chana, Sun G. Chua, Winita Kongpradit, Vinit Koosolmanomai, Panjapol Kulpapangkorn, Tithi Kutchamuch, Taweesak Molsawat, Noon Passama, Ekachai Phanareewattana, Sarinya Prasertsan, Luke Satoru, Prayut Sirikul, Dr. Supavee Sirinkraporn, Veerawat Sirivesmas, Tataroschong Sreekullkorn, Atinuj Tantivit, Yiumsiri Vantanapin, Tachaya Wachiradisa, Wadee Yuenyongpisit, Pirada Senivongse na Ayodhya
In the year 1861, Queen Victoria of England lost her beloved husband, Prince Albert. She mourned the lost of her great love for 40 years until her own death. During the mourning period, it was said that Queen Victoria demanded that others wear black outfit to show their sorrow and sadness as well. This was believed to be the start of tradition of wearing black for mourning in England. Mourning jewelry, typically made with jet or hair of the dead, was also widely worn by mourners during the mourning period.

ATTA Gallery wanted to present the concept behind traditional mourning jewelry and how contemporary jewelry can be used in today’s mourning tradition. Moreover, it is our way of honoring the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who passed away recently, and of mourning this great loss. Thai contemporary artists are invited to participate in this exhibition. Thirty percent of the proceeds from this exhibition will be donated to Chaipattana Foundation in honor of the late King.
Atty Tantivit. Brooch: Home is where the heart is, 2017. Silver, acrylic paint, gold leaf. Atty Tantivit
Brooch: Home is where the heart is, 2017
Silver, acrylic paint, gold leaf
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Jittrakarn Bunterngpiboon. Pendant: On Cloud Nine, 2017. Brass, plastic, Swarovski Crystal. Jittrakarn Bunterngpiboon
Pendant: On Cloud Nine, 2017
Brass, plastic, Swarovski Crystal
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Nutre Arayavanish. Brooch: Mourning Wreath, 2017. Silver, wood sheets. Nutre Arayavanish
Brooch: Mourning Wreath, 2017
Silver, wood sheets
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Panjapol Kulpapangkorn. Brooch: The Portrait, 2017. Found object, plastic from different kind of everyday objects, brass with black oxidized. Panjapol Kulpapangkorn
Brooch: The Portrait, 2017
Found object, plastic from different kind of everyday objects, brass with black oxidized
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