Thai Buddha Images : Gestures and Postures of the Buddha. Buddha images of different historic periods in Thailand.

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Characteristics and Postures of the Buddha
Sitting Buddhas
Reclining Buddhas
Seven Days of the Buddha

Hand Gestures :
The Six Main Mudras
Dhyana Mudra
Bhumisparsha Mudra
Abhaya Mudra
Vitarka Mudra
Varada Mudra

Historical Periods :
Chiang Saen - Lanna
U Thong

Historical Notes :



Temples in Thailand :
Wat Pho
Wat Benchamabophit  

Buddha Images at :
Pathom Chedi
Wat Benchamabophit   
Introduction to Buddhism in Thailand

The 10 Jatakas (lives of the Buddha) as depicted in Thai mural Temple paintings


Resources regarding Buddha Images in Thailand


A website (in our opinion) always offers a more furtive and incomplete representation. For more information and some interesting reading about Buddha images, we recommend :

Gestures of the Buddha, by K.I. Matics, Third Edition 2004. Published by Chulalongkorn University Press.
[English language book, 250 pages]
ISBN 974-13-2706-4
To order : - The website is mostly in Thai, and the search box is not really working well. But the book comes up when you enter the whole title : Gestures of the Buddha
We ordered the book online and got it the next day in Bangkok. And it costs less than 300 baht.

Websites with information on Buddha images : - Sells Buddha inspired art. However, when you go to 'Buddha Images' on the main menu above, you get some good info. - Very good information on the different Thai art styles with regard to Buddha images. Covers Dvaravati, Khmer, Lanna, Sukhothai, Ayutthaya, Rattanakosin art. - Offers a good overview of the different Buddha mudras. - Good overview of different Buddha art styles in Thailand. The website has a lot of content regarding Buddhism in general.



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