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.
Robert L. Brown, Ph.D. (1981) in Indian Art History, University of California, is Associate Professor of Indian and Southeast Asian Art History at the University of California in Los Angeles. He has published many articles on various aspects of Indian and Southeast Asian Art.
This book is a model of how art history should be written, and of a forthright and honest approach to intellectual inquiry.' John N. Miksic,
Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 1997. '
Brown's work should be required reading (in its entirety) for graduate students in the art history of Southeast Asia and (select parts) for those studying early Southeast Asia.' Michael Aung-Thwin,
The Journal of Asian Studies, 1997. '
The volume fills a vital role as a teaching text for early South East Asian art and archaeology...[the book] brings together art historical, historical, epigraphic, and theoretical issues in a volume which will be a standard reference for many years to come.' Elizabeth H. Moore,
Royal Asiatic Society, 1997.
Art historians (particularly of South and Southeast Asia), historians, epigraphists, Southeast Asia area specialists.