Royal Gifts from Thailand

Flag of Siam - Gift of King Rama V, 1881

Gallery 1 explores the formative years of Thailand-U.S. relations by highlighting the historical treaties that bound these two nations together and by examining the exchange of gifts between Thai Kings and the Presidents of the United States.

Gallery 2 explores a new focus on the Thai Royal Gift Exchange by examining His Majesty King Chulalongkorn's Gifts to the United States for Thailand's participation in US World expositions.

Mat with Subtle Mud Mee Design in Green and Yellow, with Purple Border - Gift of King Rama V, 1904
King Chulalongkorn's 1893 Version of the Tripitaka - Gift of King Rama V, 1893

Gallery 3 explores a small sample of recent gifts from the Thai Monarchs to the United States and puts this lasting friendship into its historical perspective.

The symbolic exchange of gifts between Thailand and the United States established a bond between two very different nations and sealed a friendship that endures to this day.

The text of this exhibition has been drawn from the book by Lisa McQuail, Treasures of Two Nations: Thai Royal Gifts to the United States of America (published in 1997 by: Asian Cultural History Program, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560-0112, USA). See that book for further information, illustration and bibliography.


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Gallery 1
1a. Roberts Treaty, 1833 1b. Harris Treaty, 1856 1c. Status & Rank of the Presidents
Gallery 2
2a. H.M. King Chulongkorn's Gifts 2b. Centennial Exposition, 1876 2c. 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition
Gallery 3
3a. Institutional Gifts 3b. Recent Gifts to the USA 3c. Thai Royal Gifts in Perspective