Special thanks to the Museum for their gracious permission
to photograph these objects.
National Museum, Bangkok
This inscription, bearing a date of 1292, is traditionally but controversially attributed to King Ramkamhaeng, second son of the founder of the Sukhothai state, inventor of the Thai alphabet, patron of Theravada Buddhism, and enlightened ruler whose personal diplomacy (he is thought to have visited China in 1299) kept Thailand allied to China and free of Mongol conquest. The famous Sawankhalok ceramic ware, the secrets of whose production were taught to the Thais by potters from China, is one result of his trade and diplomatic initiatives.
The inscription is considered by some scholars to be a much later writing.