Antique Pair of Bronze Khmer Palanquin Rings, Thailand (3378AEM) $1150


H: 4.675″  W: 3.875″  D: 0.5″

This elegant pair of ancient 12-13th century Khmer Empire cast bronze palanquin rings are decorated with ornate vegetal designs, possibly stylized lotus leaves, and highlight the fine technical abilities and artistry of the ancient Cambodian Khmer Empire’s meticulously detailed metal art. Mounted on unique stands for display in any setting.


A palanquin is a wicker or light wood human-powered mode of transport once used in Asia to carry people, usually for a royal or single person of elite status in Khmer-Empire society. Derived from the Sanskrit word for bed or couch, it is often a covered vehicle without wheels called a litter carried on the shoulders of two or four carriers using strong wood poles. Small palanquins may have had a bed or chairs and may have been enclosed for protection, while large ones had curtains or shutters, bedding and decoration reflecting the status of the person transported. These 12-13th century antique mould cast bronze metalwork rings have a narrow upper body into which a decorative bronze hook was placed, and the wider lower body was made to accommodate the pole. By this date, poles were made with iron rather than wood and were thinner. The lotus is a sacred Asian symbol of purity. As it grows from mud and murky waters and blooms into a beautiful flower, Buddhists compare it to the awakening of the Buddha and the process of enlightenment producing harmony of mind, body and spirit. Although possibly made in Cambodia the Khmer Empire’s center, it was found in the area of Lopburi, Thailand, the western most Khmer outpost where other bronzes were probably made. Both palanquin rings are in excellent condition with fine patina and expected minor losses and evidence of long use especially on the lower wide ring.

Additional information

Dimensions 10 × 10 × 10 in
Place of Origin



Antique (1200-1920)


12-14th Century

Materials and Technique


Dimensions (inches)

Ht: 4.675” W: 3.875” D: 0.5”

Dimensions (metric)

Ht: 11.87cm W: 9.85cm D 1.27cm (thickness),


1lb 7oz Pair

Item Number



Excellent, fine patina demonstrating age and use

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