pictures show Buddhist art from northern northern Thailand with beautiful
Sculptures, Bronze, Brass and Woodcarving.
Buddhist Art northern Thailand Images
Sculptures Bronze Brass Woodcarving and
Buddhist Art northern Thailand Images Sculptures Bronze Brass
Woodcarving and Mythical Figures
The Collection in the Museum of Buddhist Art – A Rare Collection of
The Museum of
Buddhist Art in Bangkok is reputed to have the most comprehensive
collection of Buddha statues, sculptures and figurines of Buddhist
art work from kingdoms dating back to the 6th century AD. The art
reflect the cultural heritage of the various kingdoms in northern Thailand
and neighboring kingdoms as well.
Visitors to the Museum of Buddhist Art could start their tour
in an annex to the main building that houses the Kuan Yin Palace and
Museum which displays statues of Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. The
courtyard outside this museum has six miniature wooden palaces
housing Chinese deities.
The main theme of the Museum of Buddhist Art, however, is housed in
eight rooms upstairs in the main building displaying Buddha statues,
sculptures and figurines from the different kingdoms that had an
impact on Thai art and culture.
The various schools of Buddhist art of each era blended with the
previous and added its distinct touch. Detailed explanations are
provided for the Buddha statues, their characteristics, different
postures and subtle variations in the folds of the robes.
The museum is a useful source of knowledge for the scholar of
Buddhist art and Buddha sculptures. The casual visitor, seeking an
overview of an important aspect of Thai culture, would find this
museum interesting as well.
art from the various kingdoms displayed in the Museum of Buddhist
(6th – 11th centuries AD)
Dvaravati art is based on the culture of the United Kingdom of
Dvaravati in Nakhon Phahom, Central northern Thailand established by the Mon
from Burma. The Buddhist art work of this period is based on the
Southern India and Sri Lanka models.
Srivijaya art (7th – 14th centuries)
The Srivijaya kingdom covered Sumatra, Java, the Malay Peninsula and
Southern northern Thailand, right up to Surat Thani and Nakhon Sri Thammarat.
The art form from this era had a rich mix of Indian, Khmer, Sri
Lanka, Java and Sumatra cultures.
Khmer art (11th - 19th centuries)
From 6th – 14th centuries, the Khmer Empire in Cambodia ruled over
Laos and northeastern northern Thailand (Isarn). Khmer art was to have an
enduring legacy on Buddhist art work for centuries to come.
Burmese art (11th - 19th centuries)
Burmese art evolved from the various ethnic groups in the ancient
Burmese kingdom of Pagan. The Burmese, Mon, Arakan, Tai-yai kingdoms
developed Buddhist art during their respective reigns. All these
groups had an influence on Thai art.
Sukhothai art (13th – 15th centuries)
Art flourished in the Sukhothai Kingdom under the reign of King
Ramkhamhaeng. Classic Sukhothai art soon emerged from the Khmer
influence and established its unique style.
Ayuthaya art (1350 – 1767)
The exhibits on Ayuthaya art in the Museum of Buddhist Art
represents the longest period in Thai art. Pre-Ayuthaya art was a
combination of Khmer art of the Bayon period (the Bayon temples in
Cambodia) and Dvaravati art, a mixture which was known as U Thong
The establishment of Ayuthaya produced a blend of Khmer and
Sukhothai styles which gradually evolved into its own distinctive
character in the 16th century.
Lanna art (13th - 20th centuries)
The Lanna kingdom (Land of a Million Fields) was established by King
Mengrai in northern northern Thailand in 1296. Pure Lanna art developed when
the kingdom was independent. Lanna came under Burmese rule and later
under Thai rule. The Buddha statues during these periods had their
Lan Xang art (14th – 18th centuries)
The Lan Xang kingdom (Land of a Million Elephants) was founded by
King Fah Ngum in the 14th century after the fall of Sukhothai. The
kingdom covered present day Laos and parts of northeastern northern Thailand.
King Fah Ngum made Buddhism the state religion and so began an art
form that also left its mark on Buddhist art.
Thonburi art (1767 – 1782)
Thonburi art had a brief period as the kingdom lasted for only 15
Rattanakosin art (1782 – present)
What followed was Rattanakosin art of the modern Bangkok era. The
Buddha statues and sculptures during the reign of the Chakri Kings
developed a distinct identity of their own.
The other eight rooms in the Museum of Buddhist Art are not directly
related to the central theme but are equally interesting. These
cover artifacts from the pre-historic Ban Chiang culture, Yao
paintings, stone sculptures.
An unusual set of exhibits in this museum is the room displaying
statues of Jesus Christ and Mother Mary, a reflection of the
religious tolerance in Buddhist society.
The Museum of Buddhist Art embodies not just the art and culture
evolved for more than a millennium through the rise and fall of
several kingdoms. It symbolizes the philosophy of moderation and
tolerance, values that serve as a beacon of light in these troubled
For more Bangkok Museums.
The Museum of Buddhist Art first appeared in Tour Bangkok Legacies a
historical travel site on people, places and events that left their
mark in the landscape of Bangkok.
The author Eric Lim, a free-lance writer, lives in Bangkok northern Thailand.
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Here is a report from the Bangkok Post March 9.08 to
show what others have in mind with Thailand's
Thinner used to strip statues of gold
Traces of paint thinner have been found on
two reclining Buddha statues in Wat Bang Pla
Mor in Bang Ban district, suggesting the
gold on the ancient images had been peeled
off by thieves, scientists from the Fine
Arts Department said yesterday. The
discovery contradicts the theory expounded
by local police that the gold had slipped
off due to excess moisture inside the
statues brought on by persistent floods over
Anek Sihamat, director of the Fine Arts
Department's third region office, said the
thieves probably used cloths soaked with
paint thinner to remove the gold layers on
the statues because the substance was a
Scientists and chemists from the department
conducted a thorough inspection of two
Ayutthaya-era statues, one 23 metres in
length and the other five metres long. Both
are 400 years old.
Mr Anek dismissed the theory of excessive
moisture causing the gold to peel off,
saying the brass statues were covered by
layer after layer of gold leaves, and that
it was therefore scientifically impossible
for moisture caused by flooding to penetrate
all of those layers.
Temple abbot Phra Maha Prasert Chanthaweero
said that floodwaters in recent years had
not touched the statues.
In 2006, the temple was heavily flooded, but
the water only reached the bases of the
statues and receded quickly.
The abbot said the scientific ruling
provided strong proof that thieves were
behind the gold plunder.
Mr Anek added it was possible that the
stolen gold would be recast as talismans. It
is widely believed that gold from ancient
statues hold sacred powers.
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