Buddhist Art in South Asia (The Indian Influence on the Art of Thailand)

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Item Code: IDD775
Publisher: Aryan Books International
Language: English
Edition: 2004
ISBN: 8173052603
Pages: 188 (B & W Illus: 208, Maps: 2)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 11.1" X 8.7"
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The aim of this volume is to present a connected history of different forms of Buddhist art which flourished in South-East Asia, especially Thailand, from the early years of Christian era up to the end of the sixteenth century. The book thus furnishes for the first time, a connected and comprehensive account of the art of Thailand (or Siam, as previously known) and also intimately connected arts of India, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia and other neighbouring countries. In spite of the obscure history of Thailand and the dependence of its art on the other countries for inspiration, Dr. le May has succeeded in putting together reasoned and convincing account of over a period of 1500 years.

As the origin of all the forms of Buddhist art found in South-East Asia are to be sought in India, it is essential to obtain a thorough knowledge of Indian Buddhist art as groundwork, which always had the remarkable capacity to adapt itself to the need of every country, race and religion. Also, as the art of each and every one of these countries in South-East Asia is complimentary to the rest and a knowledge of each, such as this book provides, is indispensable to our understanding of the whole.

The book also contains over 200 Photographs selected to illustrate the different phase through which various art forms in Thailand have passed and also examples from India, Sri Lanka, Burma, Cambodia and Indonesia for comparison. It, thus not only interprets thoughts, theories, meanings and views on the origin, history, diffusion, structure and inter-relation, but also provides a guiding thread among the various styles and periods while giving an adequate and correct idea of the various schools and works of Buddhist art.







  1. Introductory

  2. The Different School of Art in Siam

  3. The Dvaravati (Mon-Indian) Period in Siam

  4. The Kingdom of Crivijaya and the Indo-Javanese School

  5. Funan, and the Khmer Period in Siam

  6. The Khmer Period in Siam (continued)

  7. The Origins of the Tai and Relations with Burma

  8. Further Relations with Burm and India, and the Rise of the Chiengsen School

  9. The Rise of the Tai in Siam and the Origin of the Suk'ot'ai School

  10. The Suk'ot'ai School

  11. The Schools of U-T'ong, Lopburi (Tai) and Ayudhya


  1. General

  2. Special

  3. List of Journals dealing with Far Eastern Art



  1. Showing relations and sea-routes between India and the Indo-Chinese Peninsula

  2. Showing Siam and the adjoining countries

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