. . or more correctly, it's belly. Thailand's Erawan Museum: interior of the "earth", the domed building.
The two pillars on either side are made of tin repoussé by expert craftsmen from Nakornsrithammarat and Chiangmai. There are four pillars in all, representing the gratefulness and four principal religions supporting the world. The materials in the repoussé include flat tin sheet, resin and wax, lead wire and plasticine (to allow punching the tine for detail).
Stained glass is the art of Western Culture which has been used to decorate the ceiling of the Dome building or the Earth level below the "beast", the elephamt itself. The stained glass work is in semi-abstract form presenting the Earth with five continents, the sun and the twelve signs of the Zodiac.
The interior beautifully molded stucco inside the Museum used natural materials because ancient stucco dries slowly so making decorative lines is easier than on cement. Bencharong (five coloured porcelain) complements the artwork. Stucco is made from fluorite stone, lime, red sand stone, lime mixed with turmeric and water, glue made from buffalo skin cane sugar, sticky rice, straw paper dipped in water, fine sand.
The result: a 29 metres high, 39 metres long, 12 metres wide, 250 ton three headed elephant that you can enter!