Royal Heritage Cat

Lacquer Wood Trinket Box

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SKU: 77157
Playful and coquettish, this cat personifies the most exclusive of felines, Thailand's Korat, or Si-Sawat cat, reserved only for royals and high-ranking officials. This cat of natural race has been bred in the royal cattery of Korat province since 1350. The earliest known record of the Korat appears in 'The Cat-Book of Poems' edited between 1350 and 1767. This book presents Thailand's seventeen good luck cats, and is presently found at Bangkok's National Library.

According to this book, 'the Korat has a body color like the dok lao (a plant similar to lemongrass, but with silver-tipped flowers). The hairs are smooth, with roots like clouds and tips like silver; the eyes shine like dewdrops on a lotus leaf.' Locally, the cat is known as Si-Sawat, (Happiness). By tradition, a Korat cat is given to a young royal couple on their wedding day as a symbol of happiness and long lasting marriage.

Nantana Sompamitre replicates the cat's elegance as she carves this unique jewelry box of mango wood. Painted with acrylics, the piece receives several coats of lacquer, which Sompamitre prepares from the Gluta usitata tree and ashes of burnt rice paddy husks.

As each is individually handmade, please expect a slight variation in size and color.
  • Mango wood
  • 0.31 lbs
  • 3.9 inches H x 5 inches W x 2.6 inches D
  • Made in Thailand

Meet the Artist

Nantana Sompamitre

5 Reviews

  • 5
    My second purchase!

    Posted by Mary on Apr 29th 2018

    Royal Heritage Cat is a gorgeous box for keeping a few of your favorite go-to jewelry pieces. I love mine so I bought one for my cat loving daughter. She approved!

  • 5
    Smile on everyone's face

    Posted by Susan on Feb 10th 2017

    Nantana did a beautiful and delightful job on this adorable cat. It will be cherished forever. Thank you

  • 5
    Royal Heritage Cat Box

    Posted by Lisa on Dec 31st 2016

    Beautiful craftsmanship. A perfect gift and decor piece for cat lovers! Very pleased with purchase.

  • 5
    Pretty Cat Trinket Box

    Posted by Carol on Dec 17th 2016

    What a charming, well-crafted little gem of a box. I love the shiny black lacquer and the style and shape of this. It's a must for any cat lover to keep special keepsakes safe and handy.

  • 5
    This sassy cat...

    Posted by Elaine on Jun 19th 2016

    ... holds my nail clippers. Smart kitty!