The Enchanted Tale of the Conch and Its Chosen Bearer

The conch, a single-shelled marine mollusk, comes in various species across numerous families and is known by different names in local dialects. It is said that the relationship between mollusks and humans stretches back through the annals of history, a marvel of nature’s artistry. Furthermore, it is believed that the conch is a treasure of the world, having held significant roles in human rituals, beliefs, and ways of life since ancient times.

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Thus, the conch shell has come to be revered as a symbol of good fortune, its origin steeped in Indian mythology which tells that the conch signifies Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity. This belief then profoundly influenced the Thai people, who embraced Brahminical rites, weaving the conch into the fabric of their significant religious and state ceremonies. The conch’s resounding call graces royal traditions, from the coronation of kings to the founding of royal lineages and the consecration of the Supreme Patriarch. It also plays a pivotal role in the sacred water-pouring rites during the royal investiture, elevating the queen to her regal status as the Royal Consort. Therefore, the ‘Indian conch’ is especially cherished for auspicious ceremonies due to its perfect embodiment according to the sacred principles of Brahminical faith.

The conch shells used in everyday worship are typically left-spiraled. However, the rare and profoundly sacred right-spiraled conch, known as “Maha Sangkha” or Dakshinavarti Shankh, holds a special reverence. Legend has it that any holy water or consecrated water flowing through the Maha Sangkha brings immense blessings, ensuring prosperity, abundance, and divine protection. This sacred conch is, thus, highly prized among the nobility and distinguished figures, who often keep it for veneration or employ it in momentous royal ceremonies.

Nevertheless, though the left-spiraled conch is more commonly found than the right-spiraled conch favored by the nobility, it is believed that even a small left-spiraled conch carried as a personal talisman can attract luck, fortune, and success. Moreover, there is a mystical legend that each conch shell chooses its owner, bestowing a sense of destiny and profound personal connection upon those who possess them.


Lot 55

A ceremonial conch decorated with silver filigree of flower design (1 pc.)
Style: Thai, Rattanakosin
Dimensions: W 7.5 cm L 17.5 cm
Circa: 20th Century
Estimated Price: 15,000 - 20,000 THB
Starting Price: 8,000 THB