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  Narai plaeng son

 

Thailand

Statue of Vishnu or Phra Narai, originally with arrows in the archer's case on his back and holding an arrow in one hand and a bow in the other (fig.). It is known as Narai song peun, though is generally referred to as Narai plaeng son. It was made on the orders of King Chulalongkorn for his summer palace in Phetchaburi and was commissioned in 1910. The king died the same year and the statue was later given to the National Museum in Bangkok (fig.) by Rama VII. It now stands in front of Phra Thihnang Phutthaisawan (fig.).