The collection of essays in this Festschrift celebrates the extraordinary scholarship of Professor Piriya Krairiksh, the distinguished Thai art historian, on the occasion of his eightieth birthday. The most fitting way to honor our esteemed mentor and colleague, who has dedicated his career to teaching and fundamental research on Thai and Southeast Asian art and archeology, is to support further scholarship and debate on the issues in these fields. The volume gathers contributions from many of his colleagues, friends, students, disciples, and admirers in tribute to his gift to the world of his work.
The topics herein include early art and archeology, Dvāravatī, Borobodur, the Khmer and Mon civilizations, Bagan, Angkor, Ayutthaya, stoneware and porcelain, iconography, photography and contemporary culture. The list of authors is a veritable roll-call of the most eminent scholars in these fields and the lavish illustrations make it both a fitting celebration of Achan Piriya and an essential volume for all lovers of Southeast Asian art and culture.