Temple Mural Paintings at Wat Buak Khrok Luang
Mural Paintings of Thailand Series
The Mural Paintings of Thailand Series is a very beautiful series of large sized, 8¼ x 11, hard cover books showing and explaining the best of the temple mural paintings in Thailand. The murals have been photographed in glorious colour, section by section, and next to these colour plates the story being shown is explained in both Thai and English. These books are both collectors pieces and well done academic works.
Wat Buak Khrok Luang is a temple of the Mahanikaya sect located at Number 24, Ban Buak Khrok Luang, Chiangmai-Sankamphaeng Road, Moo 1, Tha Sala Sub-District, Muang District, Chiangmai Province. Thee is no definite evidence concerning its foundation. It was restored around 1400, during the reign of Chao Kaew Naowarat, the last ruler of Chiangmai. The character and ornamental motifs of the Wihan, as well as the style of the paintings, date its origin to the Rattanakosin period, possible as early as 1457.
The example - part of the "Great Sacrifice" episode. When Prince Siddharatha hears his wife has given birth to their son, Rahula, the prince decides that very same night to enter the monkhood in order to seek nirvana. The Sinthao, i.e. the lines that separate the different scenes of events are not zig-zag typical of the paintings in the central region. Rather these are Lanna in style and form.
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