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Monastery, Monument, MuseumSites and Artifacts of Thai Cultural Memory$
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Maurizio Peleggi

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780824866068

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824866068.001.0001

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A Museum and an Art History for the Thai Nation

A Museum and an Art History for the Thai Nation

(p.84) Chapter 5 A Museum and an Art History for the Thai Nation
Monastery, Monument, Museum

Maurizio Peleggi

University of Hawai'i Press

Chapter 5 carries on from the previous chapter by detailing the assemblage of the Bangkok National Museum’s collection along with the formulation in the 1920s of a stylistic classification of antiquities that has since become canonical. The chapter examines the underlying assumptions of the art historical classification elaborated by Prince Damrong Rachanubhap (“the father of Thai history”) and the French scholar George Coedes, fouding director of the Siamese Archaeological Service.

Keywords:   Museology, art history, racial thinking, cultural nationalism, Prince Damrong Rachanubhap, George Coedes

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