The art of Thailand

Neolithic cultures appeared in Southeast Asia millennia ago.

1st millennium B.C.E.–15th century C.E.

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Sukhothai
Sukhothai

The great civilization which evolved in the Kingdom of Sukhothai absorbed numerous influences and ancient local traditions.

Ayutthaya
Ayutthaya

Founded c. 1350, Ayutthaya became the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai.

Sukhothai Walking Buddha
Sukhothai Walking Buddha

The creation of a walking Buddha image is a distinctive feature of Thai art in the 13th century.

The Emerald Buddha and pandemics
The Emerald Buddha and pandemics

In the 19th century, King Rama II turned to Thailand’s protective deity, the Emerald Buddha, to stop the spread of cholera.

Ban Chiang Clay Jar
Ban Chiang Clay Jar

This well-preserved example of patterned earthenware dates to Thailand’s earliest agricultural communities.

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