kaan salak dun (การสลักดุน)
design carving’. A metalworking technique in
which a malleable metal is ornamented by hammering it on both sides, in order to shape it in the desired form
or required design.
The term is often used for the production
of embossed silverwork, though in truth, it can be used for any type
of metal or even other materials, thus when it concerns silver and
to be specific it may also be called kaan
salak dun ngun (การสลักดุนเงิน),
with the word ngun meaning ‘silver’.
This art form is in English known as repoussť and chasing, in which
the French term repoussť refers to the hammering from the reverse
side whereas chasing refers to the tooling used to refine the design
on the front of the work, by sinking the metal. In Thailand, the
technique is often performed on sheets of metal, which are called phaen phaap dun (แผ่นภาพดุน), meaning ‘embossed
whereas other embossed artifacts are described more generally as salak dun (สลักดุน),
Often it represents characters or themes from the
kae salak dun and kaan salak dun loha (การสลักดุนโลหะ),
In general, the making of silver objects, especially bowls and
vessels, is referred to as kaan tham kreuang ngen (การทำเครื่องเงิน).
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