Source material for the study of the history and culture of South-East Asia. Includes travel accounts and historical works, originally published primarily in the 19th century, although a few titles date from the 17th and 18th centuries.
This volume deals with a unique group of stone sculptures, representations of the Buddha's Wheel of the Law, found in present-day Thailand that date from about the seventh-eighth centuries CE.
The book places these sculptures in their historical, religious, and art historical contexts to determine what they meant to the culture (called Dvāravatī) that produced them. Thus, other art historical material associated with the Wheels, including stone deer, Buddha images, and stupas, are discussed.
Of greatest importance is how these sculptures relate to both the art in Cambodia and that in India, and to determine what these relationships can tell us about the process (called Indianization) by which Indian culture, religion, and art were adapted in Southeast Asia.