Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0026749X12000224
Title: From buddhist icons to national antiquities: Cultural nationalism and colonial knowledge in the making of Thailand's history of art
Authors: Peleggi, M. 
Issue Date: Sep-2013
Citation: Peleggi, M. (2013-09). From buddhist icons to national antiquities: Cultural nationalism and colonial knowledge in the making of Thailand's history of art. Modern Asian Studies 47 (5) : 1520-1548. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0026749X12000224
Abstract: In the mid 1920s Prince Damrong Rajanubhab and George Coedès jointly formulated the stylistic classification of Thailand's antiquities that was employed to reorganize the collection of the Bangkok Museum and has since acquired canonical status. The reorganization of the Bangkok Museum as a 'national' institution in the final years of royal absolutism responded to increasing international interest in the history and ancient art of Southeast Asia, but represented also the culmination of several decades of local antiquarian pursuits. This paper traces the origins of the art history of Thailand to the intellectual and ideological context of the turn of the twentieth century and examines its parallelism to colonial projects of knowledge that postulated a close linkage between race, ancestral territory and nationhood. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2013.
Source Title: Modern Asian Studies
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/124408
ISSN: 0026749X
DOI: 10.1017/S0026749X12000224
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