Brick Construction Techniques of Open-room Prang Style Stupa during Early Ayutthaya Period in the Area of Ancient Ayutthaya City

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Suwit Lerdwimolsak

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This study aims to investigate brick construction techniques of open-room Prang style stupa in the area of ancient Ayutthaya city. These brick structures are accessible and framed by several techniques with wood-frame. Drawing upon first-hand analysis and historical documents, the research found that prior to construction, the wood-frame structures were built on the inner walls of Prang as permanent scaffolding to aid in brickwork construction. There were two types of wood-frame structures: solid woods and bamboos. Techniques to be used with solid woods and bamboos were different on brick construction designs. While the solid-framed structure was used to make a Prang form with the corbel construction method, the bamboo-framed structure was used for the corbel arch construction method.

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