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The Buddha Image of Dvaravati Period วิหารพระศรีสรรเพชญ อยุธยา

The Buddha Image of Dvaravati Period             วิหารพระศรีสรรเพชญ อยุธยา
Nakhon Chai Si, an ancient city, is located in Nakhon Pathom Province, prospered be tween the 7th-11th century A.D. The city was presumably the most important city of the Dvaravati Period which dominated central Thailand. A large number of religious monuments discovered here have shown the unique artistic style inspired by Hinayana Buddhism, which predominated in the king dom at that time. The unique art style found in Dvaravati became known later as Dvaravati civilization. The pro found influence of Dvaravati art can be seen from many historical religious monuments in the central region, the south, the north and the northeast of Thailand.
One of the outstanding characteristics of Dvaravati civilization is gigantic Buddha images in the teaching posture-seated with his feet resting on the floor. Four are presently found in Thai land and housed in four different places: the ordination hall at Phra Pathom Chedi Monastery; the platform south of the chedi; the National Museum, Bangkok; and the Chao Sam Phra Ya National Museum, Ayutthaya Province.