The Comparison Between Thai and Korea Mother of Pearl Inlay


  • Kriangkrai Honghengseng


Mother of pearl wares, Mother of pearl inlay, Lacquerware


In East Asia and Southeast Asia, there has been mother of pearl inlay for more than a thousand years. Such work combines science and arts using materials from the land and sea, which are lacquer varnish and pearl oysters used by artisans of lacquer and mother of pearl inlay. Mother of pearl inlay appears in China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia. Many books and academic articles in Thailand provide information about mother of pearl inlay in China, Japan and Vietnam, but only a few include information about the work in Korea. Accordingly, this article compares the differences between mother of pearl inlay in Thailand and Korea in terms of materials, tools, motifs, techniques and uses. The students in fine arts, history and cultural studies can learn about the origins and values of Thai and Korean mother of pearl inlay that reflects ways of life, societies and cultures. Furthermore, Thai mother of pearl inlay artists have used some particular techniques and motifs to create a new platform that can conserve traditional art in combination with contemporary art.

Author Biography

Kriangkrai Honghengseng

Lecturer in Faculty of Liberal Arts, Mahidol University


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How to Cite

Honghengseng, K. (2023). The Comparison Between Thai and Korea Mother of Pearl Inlay. Journal of Thai Studies, 17(1), 153–180. Retrieved from



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