The Museum purchased a similar medallion in 1999. Both of these medallions were cast from the same mold, and they show King Louis XIV of France. However, the new acquisition may be a unique memento of the fascinating dialogue between France and the kingdom of Siam (now Thailand) in the late 17th century. There was a frequent exchange of visits between these countries, and Siamese ambassadors toured France. During one of these tours, in 1686, they visited the glasshouse of Bernard Perrot (1619–1709), the most inventive glassmaker in France at the time. His wife later presented the Siamese ambassadors in Paris with glass from his production as a gift for their King Narai. We believe that this portrait medallion was part of that gift. At some point, the medallion received the colored decoration and silvering, as well as a new Asian-style frame that may have been modeled on a French original. The artist who provided the painted decoration of the medallion apparently misunderstood some of the details: he united the hair on the king's left shoulder, his collar, and a sun ornament on his chest into one Asian-style decoration.