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The Dvaravati Period of Arts


Dvaravati period
During the first millennium several Mon principalities had joined together into a loose federation of states called the “Dvaravati Empire”.
Art historians assumed that the artistic Mon period reached its height in the eighth and ninth century. Remains of architectural evidences are only found - with a few exceptions - in Lamphun (Wat Kukut) and Kanchanaburi. They indicate that the buildings constructed in Mon style were built completely according to the tradition of Indian temples. Basic geometric forms and exact lines  dominated.
Mon Buddhas
On the other hand, the Buddha statues from the Mon period differ a lot from the iconography of the Indian ideal, as well as from the images of the following periods. The mostly standing Buddha statue's usually show the hand posture with the gesture of discussion (vitarka mudra). The figures, as well the wheels of the law (dhammachakra), reveal the typical Mon style design. The round faces of the Mon Buddha images appear to be massive and broad. They are characterized by a powerful nose, bulging lips and almond-shaped eyes. Very noticeable are the undulating double-arched eyebrows and the spiral locks of hair.
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