publication . Article . 2014

The Bird in the Corner of the Painting: Some Problems with the Use of Buddhist Texts to Study Buddhist Ornamental Art in Thailand

Justin McDaniel;
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  • Published: 01 Sep 2014 Journal: Moussons (issn: 1620-3224, eissn: 2262-8363, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Université de Provence
Despite the prevalence of ornament and decoration in Buddhist monasteries in Thailand, as an art form, ornament has been almost entirely ignored in favor of the study of narrative and didactic art and literature. In this paper, I approach the subject of temple ornament (focusing primarily on the use of decorative birds) in Thai Buddhism through the lens of Affect Theory. As scholars of this approach emphasize that to study affect is to study “of accumulative beside-ness.” It is the study of accumulation of encounters. The senses accumulate images, feelings, scents, and sounds constantly. It is the slow accretion of knowledge in the form of non-discursive impress...
free text keywords: Buddhism, Thailand, ornament, affect theory, art, bird, History of Asia, DS1-937, Social Sciences, H, material culture, decoration, Bouddhisme, Thaïlande, ornement, théorie des affects, oiseau, culture matérielle, Painting, History, Popular culture, Dance, Narrative, Portrait, Aesthetics, The arts, Anthropology
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