New Suggestions for Dating and Concept Interpretation of Murals in Wiharn Nam Taam, Wat Prathat Lampangluang

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Parisut Lerdkachatarn


The murals in Wiharn Nam Taam, Wat Prathat Lampangluang was some influenced by Burmese murals dating from Nyongyan to early Konbaung styles (assumed about early 17th to the second half of 18th century). But it does not concern Burmese concept and believe in that time. These Burmese styles influences were mixed in Lanna culture included the others ethnic groups who immigrated to Lanna .Therefore, the murals in Wiharn Nam Taam appears the specific characteristic which full of aesthetic and high skill The painters might be patronaged by the ruler class of Lampang during the beginning of stable moment about the late of 18th to early of 19th century. In that time, there were also many evidences about the patroness this temple by Chao Chet Ton family and others. So, it was the time suitably to create the murals in Wiharn Nam Taam. Besides the story of the rise of Indra and the story of Samawadi in some murals of Bangkok created in King Rama I period might be influences to murals in Wiharn Namtaam because of the close relation between of Chao Ched Ton family and Chakkri Dynasty in the early Rattanakosin period. The local painters in Lampang adapted these narrative paintings and the styles to be harmonious to the local believes and social situation in that time. All of reasons as the influences from Burmese murals assumed about the early 17th to the second half of the 18th century, the social and political condition of Lampang and the relationship between Lanna and Siam in the second half of 18th century as mentioned can assume that the murals in Wiharn Nam Taam created about the second half of 18th century.

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