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Defining Dvāravatī

Defining Dvāravatī

Edited by Anna Bennett and Hunter Watson

Published by: Silkworm Books

184 pages, 210.00 x 267.00 mm, 208 color illus., 95 b&w illus., 12 maps

  • ISBN: 9786162151576
  • Published: February 2020



The earliest phase of Thai history is an exciting but little understood period that bridged the gap between protohistory and the fully developed historical period. Ten international scholars examine the inception of the Dvāravatī period in the fifth century with a focus on archaeology and consider the art and architecture of the sixth to tenth centuries. Defining Dvāravatī provides an overview of the art historical characteristics of Dvāravatī style; collates the epigraphic evidence, including previously unpublished texts; considers the importance of trade and religion in cementing relationships between early Southeast Asian societies and as paramount incentives for its expansion and development; and discusses the end of the period.