National Geographic : 1947 Feb
Scintillating Siam © National Geographic Society hoIacLro(llin \y . lto)crt M.ore On a Lofty Altar Flanked by Praying Devas, the Emerald Buddha Sits Enthroned This guardian deity of the capital is carved from a single piece of jasper. Golden gem-studded vestments are changed thrice yearly, for cold, hot, and rainy seasons. The image, attributed to Ceylon, reposed in northern Thai cities for several centuries before being brought to Bangkok by King Rama I.