Calendar Pages -- Collectors Corner September - EMBROIDERD BUDDHIST MONKS FANS

September 23rd, 2016

Collectors Corner September - EMBROIDERD BUDDHIST MONKS FANS


Presentation by Chomporn Dhanesnittaya & D. B. Bhatt


                                                  Buddhist fans from various temples, to illustrate their use

One of the eight items permitted to be owned by Buddhist monks is a fan. It is said that the Buddha carried a fan when he went to preach to his father, King Suddhodana. It is an item that evolved from a simple fan made of palm or bamboo fibers to present day’s ornate fans created of fine materials, and embroidered with great skill. They are used to conceal the faces of monks at gatherings, enabling them to concentrate on their prayers and preaching while officiating in ceremonies. The fans also form a symbolic separation between the monks and the laity.
Miniature fans, models of the fans at Royal temple Wat Bovornivet, will be used to demonstrate and explain the meanings of their designs, for what occasions they used and other interesting information. This promises to be an unusual subject, not often a topic of lectures.  

Venue: The Siam Society
131 Asoke Montri Road (Sukhumvit 21)
Bangkok 10110, Thailand
The Society premises are situated on:
Asoke Montri Road (Sukhumvit Soi 21) two minutes walk
 from Sukhumvit subway station (exit 1)
and five minutes walk from Asoke skytrain station (exit 3).
Time: 10:00 am
Members: B100    Non-members: B200

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