Posted 10 years ago
Thai drinking bowls are a traditional symbol of hospitality. They'd often be placed in front of houses with an urn of drinking water for anyone passing by to help themselves to a cool drink.
The piece above is fairly elaborate and was probably a communal drinking bowl within the dining area of a home.
More info on this item on my blog if you're interested: http://www.vintageasian.com/554-antique-thai-drinking-bowl/