Thai Art and History

I visited this museum in May of 2016. It’s a large place, so you can spend several hours here if you are interested in a lot of cool things from Thailand’s history. Here are just a few of the things I snapped while walking through the many buildings on the property.

The Bangkok National Museum (Thai: พิพิธภัณฑสถานแห่งชาติ พระนคร) is the main branch museum of the National Museums in Thailand and also the largest museum in Southeast Asia. It features exhibits of Thai art and history. The museum is located in 4 Na Phra That, Bangkok 10200, Thailand, occupying the former palace of the vice king (or Front Palace), set between Thammasat University, and the National Theater, facing Sanam Luang.

The museum was established and opened in 1874 by King Rama V to exhibit relics from the rule of King Rama IV’s rule. Today the galleries contain exhibits covering Thai History back to Neolithic times. The collection includes The King Ram Khamhaeng Inscription, which was inscribed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme Register in 2003 in recognition of its world significance. (Wikipedia)

Head of Bodhisattra

Head of Bodhisattra

Found at Ban Tanot, Non Sung District
Nakhon Ratchasima Province

8th – 9th century (1,200 – 1,300 years ago)

Buddha Subduing Mara

Buddha Subduing Mara

Inknown Provenance, transferred by the Ministry of Finance to the National Museum in 1939

Sukhothai art, 15th century (600 years ago)

Five-Headed Shiva

Five-Headed Shiva (Sadashiva)

Found at Wat Na Phramen, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province

Ayutthaya Style, 16th – 17th century (400 – 500 years ago)

Head of Buddha Image

Head of Buddha Image

Unearthed from the main Vihara of Wat Phra Si Sanphet, Phra Nakhon Si Atutthaya District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province

Ayutthaya style, 16th century (500 years ago)

Four-armed Vishnu

Four-armed Vishnu

Found at Mueang Si Thep, Si Thep District, Phetchabun Province

8th century (1,300 years ago)

Ganesa

Ganesa

East Java art, 10th – 11th century (1,000 – 1,100 years ago)

A gift received by King Rama V in 1896 from Candi Singhasari, Indonesia

Terracotta Deity or Bodhisattva

Terracotta Deity or Bodhisattva

Dvaravati art, ca. 6th – 7th century (1,400 – 1,500 years ago)

Found at Stupa No.40, Khu Bua, Ratchaburi Province

Vishnu

Vishnu

ca. 6th – 8th century A.D. (1,300 – 1,500 years ago)

From Si Maha Phot, Prachinburi Province

More photos will be posted soon.

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