Friday, June 26, 2009

Quiz: Name the Object

Answer posted below (as of July 10)



A very common object in Isaan. But a complete mystery to the outsider. It's handmade from an Asian hardwood, carved from one piece of wood. It folds into a fairly compact form in order to toss into your backpack or farmer's satchel.

Your best guess? Please put your guess in the comment section. After some of my readers take their best shot, I'll add another picture which will reveal all.

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Answer, July 10

And behind the curtain....is our answer-photo which will.... put an end to your sleepless nights!


A pillow, of course! Some of you came close, for example...

  • a seat = pillow for the derriere
  • a bed = pillow for the entire body, a sleep-related object, etc.

Surprisingly, a pillow made from Thai hardwood is quite comfortable, given it's perfect contour for the back of the head, and perfect height from the flat surface it sits on. I actually fell asleep on it.

Definitely better than a standard Japanese pillow--which is like laying your head on a bag of noisy, rolling marbles.


15 comments:

gunnysack said...

Is it a collapsable seat?

Anonymous said...

That was my guess.....a seat of some sort.

JD said...

Nope!

Anonymous said...

a bed?
MOM

JD said...

Closer...

Anonymous said...

A tetter,totter for midgets

Anonymous said...

A TABLE.

Jonathan said...

a coconut cracker..

JD said...

Well, Jonathan, with great effort (like an elephant stepping on the device + coconut) it would be possible. But not its intended use! JD

Jan Graham said...

A holder for a dish or bowl? Back scratcher used on a water buffalo. Can't tell by the picture how large the object is.

JG

jeanie D. said...

a baby cradle,

JD said...

Fair enough...the object is about 9" x 5". About the size of a small pillow.

Anonymous said...

This is definitey a chair! Sis

JD said...

MOM wins honorable recognition for getting the closest (bed). JONATHAN gets certain honors for the most creative (coconut cracker). If such a thing existed, Jonathan, we could sure use one here!

Sawasdee said...

Hi JD my 1st guess was a Seat.. it looks similar to a modern version carried by the golf caddies.

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