The legendary lives of Thai Buddha statues

Monday 6 November 2017, 13.30-14.30
BP Lecture Theatre
Free, booking essential

The British Museum’s collection includes many beautiful statues of the Buddha from Southeast Asia and elsewhere.

In this talk, Angela Chiu, author of The Buddha in Lanna: Art, Lineage, Power and Place in Northern Thailand (2017), introduces the ancient Thai Buddha statues, some still enshrined today, whose miraculous origins and adventures promoted the growth of Buddhism in Southeast Asia. She considers what motivated the people of the past to create these statues, often at great expense and with significant effort, and reveals how each statue has its own unique ‘life’, initially as the creation of individuals whose hopes and values were embodied in these extraordinary pieces of art.


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The legendary lives of Thai Buddha statues

Monday 6 November 2017

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