Sunday, November 29, 2009

Still Life with Marbles

When I got into the taxi today, the driver seemed intent on telling me about the various Buddhist and Thai objects on the dashboard. First, he gave me a history lesson about King Rama V (whose image is found on the statuette in the background). Then, he told me about the various monks who are depicted on the amulets, as figurines, and in the old photo. The only thing he didn't tell me about were the marbles behind the grouping. So, I asked him about them, assuming they were superstitious or religious in nature. He told me his kid forgot them in his cab the other day.