Item description for The Art and Architecture of Thailand: From Prehistoric Times Through the Thirteenth Century (Handbook of Oriental Studies. Section 3 Southeast Asia) by Hiram Woodward...
Written sources on Thai history are scarce. It took Hiram Woodward many years of painstaking archaeological and art-historical research to finally piece together this first ever comprehensive survey work on the art and architecture of Thailand from the earliest times until the establishment of the Thai-speaking kingdoms.
The book, organized geographically and chronologically, covers four eras: the prehistoric period; the period characterized by the culture of the kingdom of Dvaravati; the centuries of Khmer dominance; and, as classical Khmer civilization waned, the period of the struggle for identity.
A systematic and elucidating history of pre-fourteenth-century Thailand in a volume indispensable to historians of art, religion, politics, and society.
Readership: All those interested in early Southeast Asia and in understanding the surviving sculpture and architecture produced in Thailand before 1300.
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