For over 2500 years Thailand has been
under the peaceful shelter of Buddhism. The Buddha's teachings
(Dharma) colour almost every aspect of life within the
kingdom, uniting the people into a harmonious, peace-loving
Images of the Buddha were originally
created as an object of worship and as a means of spreading
the Buddha's message. Accordingly
the images were designed not simply to represent the Buddha's
physical characteristics but his teachings too.
Overtime, and in different locations
within the kingdom, the specific form of Buddha images
has undergone subtle changes, creating visibly different
characteristics that reflect the cultural values, craftsmanship
and the influences of neighbouring countries of the period.