temple within the palace. 3*3
against a matted and ornamented partition sloping from the floor at about an angle of forty-fire degrees. In a corner of the room was a caged monkey of pure white, but seemingly very active and mischievous. The prince fed the elephant with sugar-cane, which appeared her favourite food ; the grass she rather seemed disposed to toss about than to eat. The elephant had been trained to make a salaam by lifting her proboscis over the neck, and did so more than once at the prince's bidding. We afterwards visited other elephants more or less white. The King sent me the bristles of the tail of the last white elephant to look at: they were fixed in a gold handle,, such as ladies use for their nosegays at balls.
We then went to the temple within the palace, where is deposited the most precious of the images Af Buddha. It is of dark-coloured green jade or malachite, but elevated too high to allow it to be Approached for examination. The pavement of the temple is of brass bricks : its ornaments, are of every character; statues from Italyamany lusus natur, such as extraordinarily-formed horns of the rhino-teros and tusks of the elephant. There were the golden utensils, and garments worn by the late King. The Besses worn by the Buddha at the different seasons Af the year were shown us; they were enormously heavy from the weight of gold, and the caps or c*owns were covered with diamonds. This is the ^ost sacred of the Siamese temples; in it the King Worships, and twice a year the nobles come and drink in it the water of allegianceA
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