Thursday, April 2, 2009

Wat Pho Sila : Amnat Charoen

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Wat Pho Sila
is situated at Ban Pueai Hua Dong, Tambon Pueai. The temple houses interesting antique, big white sandstone Sema leaves from Dvaravati period which can be dated back to 1,000 years ago.

Built during 7th-8th Century in Khmer style, the sandstone Sema has sharp end, board leave and narrow base carved in lotus shape. Above the carved lotus is pattern of stupa, water pot and bell. Core of the stone leaves are carved with three-ended leave carrying 3 half flowers in three rings lying next to others. Its crest is carved like a flag decorated with lotus’s petal-pattern ornament.

Base of the stone leaves is influenced by lotus’s petal pattern from altar of
Buddha image or Dhamma Wheel from Dvaravati found in Central Thailand. Half flowers carved in three connecting rings carry the same pattern found in half flowers found in the arc, of which angels are sitting with hands pressing together towards the mid of lintel which was found at eastern gate of Norhtern stupa, Khao Noi Si Chomphu Khmer Ruins, Amphoe Aranyaprathet, Sa Kaeo Province.

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