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The Coming of the Wat Mural in Late Ayutthaya | A Talk by Chris Baker and Pasuk Phongpaichit

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When did murals appear in the ubosot and wihan of wat in late Ayutthaya? And why?

Murals were a brilliant and expensive addition to the fabric of the wat, requiring skills and patronage. Their appearance was a landmark in the history of cultural expression in Siam. What lay behind this event? What does the social history of the time suggest about the murals? And what do the murals tell us about the social history? This talk is illustrated with visuals from over a dozen sites.


About the speaker

Dr Chris Baker is honorary editor of the Journal of the Siam Society. Dr Pasuk Phongpaichit is Emeritus Professor of Economics at Chulalongkorn University. Together they have written widely on Thailand’s history and political economy, received awards for their translations of old Thai literature, and jointly won the Fukuoka Grand Prize in 2017.

This is a free online lecture. The Siam Society Members who pre-register may watch on Zoom and participate in the Q&A.
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Wednesday, 23 June 2021 at 17:30


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