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Lop Buri Style Art

  • Lop Buri art refers to sculpture of the central valley Thailand in the 11th to 13th centuries (the capital of which was and so remains today, the city of Lop Buri).
  • Works of architecture were Khmer.
  • The Lop Buri art school is distinguished by its Mon influence and being a Buddhist religious center, its principal subjects are the Buddha and Boddhisatvas, unlike the Khmer who focused on Hindu deities.
  • Lop Buri and Khmer works of art can be found throughout Thailand and the best examples include the 12th century Crowned Buddha on Naga found at Wat Na Phra Men at Ayutthaya (12th century) as below, the Bodhisattva Head, 8th century Khmer Kompong Prae style found at Nakhon Ratchasima Province and the various bronze Bodhisattva found at Prakhon Chai (8th to 9th centuries).
  • These examples and others can be seen at National Museum Bangkok and regional museums.