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The Buddha in Lanna: Art, Lineage, Power, and Place in Northern Thailand

Angela S. Chiu


This work is the first in-depth historical study of the Thai tradition of donation of that most iconic of Thai art objects, the Buddha image. The book introduces stories from tamnan(chronicles), monastic histories and legends from the Lanna region centered in today’s northern Thailand. Examination of themes, structures and motifs illuminates the conceptual and material aspects of Buddha images that influenced their functions in Lanna society. As agents and mediators of social agency, Buddha images were focal points of pan-regional political-religious lineages and rivalries, indeed, the very ge ... More

Keywords: Buddha image, Buddha statue, Buddhist art, tamnan, chronicle, Tai, Inscription, Alfred Gell, agency

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780824858742
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824858742.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Angela S. Chiu, author