Fifty-two Bhikkhuni Images: Thepthidaram Temple for Rama III's Daughter
Professor Chirapravati will be presenting her research on the bronze images of female Buddhist devotees in the Thepthidaram temple in Bangkok. The temple was constructed in the 1830s by King Rama III for his favorite daughter, Princess Wirat, and was built in a hybrid Thai-Chinese style. The talk will address the role of women in Buddhist monastic literature and the role of women Buddhist practitioners in 1830s Bangkok. Prof. Chirapravati is a specialist in Southeast Asian art history. She earned her doctorate from Cornell University and now teaches at California State University, Sacramento.
Co-sponsored by the Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley.