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Figureheads of royal barges of Thailand - II

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Figureheads of royal barges of Thailand - II

Postby Anatol » Thu Nov 21, 2019 9:19 pm

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The royal barge Suphannahong ('Golden Swan' or the 'Phoenix') was built in 1911 during the reign of Rama VI with a bow resembling a mythical swan, or hong, adorned with gold lacquer and glass jewels, with a crystalline ball and tassel dangling from her mouth. This 46-meter craft was carved from a single trunk of teakwood, and was launched 13 November 1911. An engraved swan adorns the bow of the Suphannahong Royal Barge, with a grand tuft hanging down. At the tip of the tuft is a crystal. In the middle of the barge is the Kanya Throne, which is reserved for kings or high-level royals only. Records show the Suphannahong Royal Barge was built in the Ayutthaya Period. Its name was rooted in the name of a royal barge of King Maha Chakkraphat of Ayutthaya, which was known as Si Suphannahong or Chai Suphannahong. The Suphannahong Royal Barge is 46.15 meters long and requires 50 oarsmen. Considered the most important and most elegant vessel in the royal-barge procession, the Suphannahong Royal Barge is named a World Ship Trust Maritime Heritage. The World Ship Trust of United Kingdom has given this recognition to this Thai royal barge on 4 June 1996, with the trust’s committee members presenting the medal of 1992 for the Suphannahong Royal Barge to King Rama XI during a royal аudience. See also viewtopic.php?f=2&t= 10668. Thailand 1975; 5b; SG874. Source: ... e-iconluxe
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