Thai ceramic art: the three religions
Thai ecclesiastical ceramic wares from the 14th to the 16th centuries are analyzed from a historical and cultural perspective in this study. A systematic analysis of the pieces and their role in local Buddhist and animist religious ceremonies is contextualized with background on Thailand's history, politics, and cultural practices. Various cultures that influenced the form, function, and design of these wares are discussed with comparisons made to similar products from other Asian cultures, including Cambodia, China, and India.
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RELIGIOUS AND CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE
CERAMICS IN A RELIGIOUS CONTEXT
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15th century Angkor animal animistic appears Asia Ayudhya Bangkok Bangkok National Museum bird Brahman bronze brown and white Brown glazed brown monochrome Buddha Buddhist celadon Celadon glazed chedi Chinese covered box crown deity depicted droppers Dvaravati elephant ewer export figure figurines fish fly-whisk footring globular hamsa holding illustrated in Pl incense Jataka kendi ketumala Khmer kiln Kuvera Lannathai Lithai lndian lndonesia lnscription lotus Madjapahit male medallion motif mouth neck Northern Thai oil lamp perhaps Pitsanulok popular potters produced Ram Kamhaeng Museum Ratburana receptacle religious reliquary represent resemble rider sacred Sawankhalok sculpture seated shape Shiva similar sometimes spout sprinkler Sri Lanka Sri Satchanalai stem bowl stem dish style suggests Sukhothai symbol temple terracotta Thailand Trailok Tukatha underglaze blue Underglaze decorated underglaze painted usually vahana vase Vietnamese Vishnu wares Wat Chang Wat Mahathat white glazed white incised Yaksha