Asian Civilisations Museum presents Enlightened Ways. The Many Streams of Buddhist Art in Thailand

Asian Civilisations Museum presents Enlightened Ways. The Many Streams of Buddhist Art in Thailand, an exhibition on view 17 Apr 2013.


Candleholder (Sattaphan), Lamphun, 1917. Gilded wood, inlaid with mirrored glass, 179 x 182 x 56.5 cm. Hariphunchai National Museum, Lamphun.

This exhibition explores the many forms of Buddhist art in Thailand through more than 100 important works, the majority drawn from 11 Thai national museums. Sculptures, paintings, ceramics, textiles, and furniture show the wide range and diverse influences of this artistic tradition.

Buddhist art in Thailand draws on both Hindu and Buddhist origins and incorporates animistic traditions as well. From the earliest beginnings, the worship of Hindu deities, nature spirits, and ancestors is evident. The practice of merit making is also an essential part of Thai Buddhism and one of the reasons why images of the Buddha continue to be so prevalent in daily life. Creating images and decorative arts are ways to make merit in this life and the next.

Come see these rare treasures and learn how cross-cultural influences were essential to the development of Thai Buddhist art.

Asian Civilisations Museum
1 Empress Place
Singapore 179555
www.acm.org.sg

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