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Two-handed Vitarka gesture and the cross-handed gesture: the linkage between Thailand and Sri Lankan Buddhist Art | A Talk by Chedha Tingsanchali

It is generally known that Thailand has overwhelmingly been influenced by Sinhalese Buddhism from the 13th century onwards. However, there are some traces of Sri Lankan iconography, especially the gesture of Buddha which is interestingly linkable to Sri Lankan art, even before the 13th century. Two-handed Vitarka gesture and the cross-handed gesture are amongst them. This lecture aims to introduce some Buddhist interlinkage through the gestures of Buddha and their iconography.

About the speaker

Professor Chedha Tingsanchali is a Thai scholar of art history. He is a lecturer in the Department of Art History, Faculty of Archaeology, Silpakorn University, with expertise in Indian and Southeast Asian art and history, especially Indian, Burmese, and Nepalese art, and the influence of Buddhism and Brahmin on art, as well as the influence of Indian art in Southeast Asia.

This is a free online lecture. The Siam Society Members who pre-register may watch on Zoom and participate in the Q&A. Others may watch the live transmission on The Siam Society Facebook and YouTube pages


Thursday, 18 November 2021 at 16:00 (Bangkok time)


Online (Available by Zoom, Facebook Live, and YouTube Live)


Free of charge

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