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Bangkok: Portico of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha

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Title: Bangkok: Portico of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha
Author(s): Morgan, Kenneth W.
Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Thailand: Bangkok;architecture;interior;slide set
Description: The Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Phra Keo, is the most sacred shrine in Thailand. The Emerald Buddha, a jasper image at least five hundred years old, is placed on a pedestal more than thirty feet high within a large temple built by the kings of Thailand. It is customary for lay devotees to make their offerings of flower and incense on the portico at the entrance to the large room in which the Emerald Buddha is kept. Note the gold and porcelain work with which the temple is adorned, the bronze chinthes guarding the doors, and the two garudas between the pillars. The garuda is a mythical man-bird taken over from Hinduism.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-3654


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