Some Observations on Thai Ancient Headgear


  • Siripoj Laomanacharoen อาจารย์ประจำภาควิชาประวัติศาสตร์ศิลปะ คณะโบราณคดี มหาวิทยาลัยศิลปากร


ศิราภรณ์, เครื่องทรง, ประเพณีชั้นสูง


The available evidence helps us better to understand the origins of headgear and the way they were worn in the past to a limited extent. Some detailed information on the subject is only an assumption of present day scholars. Nevertheless, all of these ideas are based on reliable knowledge to some extent because those scholars are closely related to the royal house. This has led them understand royal traditions, but it is neglected by the other groups of scholars because they realize that they are concerned with only group. This sort of problem has a profoundly negative effect on the study of history, as can be seen from the case of the headgear in the exhibition entitled “Kingdom of Siam: The Art of Central Thailand, 1350-1800” which has been organized at the Philadephia Museum of Art.