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  Great Crown of Victory

 

Thailand

The Great Crown of Victory (fig.), in Thai called Phra Maha Phichai Mongkut (fig.), is part of the Thai regalia, which are known collectively as kakuthaphan (fig.). The crown weighs 7.3 kilograms and is said to represent Mount Meru, the sacred golden mountain and abode of the gods in both Hindu and Buddhist cosmology. The crown thus also epitomizes the god-like status ascribed to the purportedly divine Thai monarch, who rules as a dhammaracha.

See also POSTAGE STAMPS (1), (2) and (3).