Object Focus: Architectural Pulpit from Thailand

February 23, 2023, 6–7 p.m.
detail of carving and ornamentation on Thai pulpit

Location: Walters’ Facebook and YouTube

Walters’ conservators have been meticulously treating and studying a 19th-century Buddhist pulpit (thammat) from Thailand for over a year. One of the only known thammats in a U.S. museum, this mosaic-covered pulpit will be installed in the newly designed galleries Across Asia: Arts of Asia and the Islamic World, opening  April 23, 2023. For this virtual talk, speakers will discuss this magnificent object from cultural, conservation, and art historical perspectives. Join Supeena Insee Adler, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology and Director of the Music of Thailand Ensemble at UCLA; Angie Elliott, Terry Drayman-Weisser Head of Objects Conservation and William B. Ziff, Jr. Conservator of Objects; and Adriana Proser, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Quincy Scott Curator of Asian Art for this exciting program.

Object Focus is a program series that highlights a variety of perspectives about the visual and historical elements of a single object, representing multiple points of view and expertise. 


About the Guest Speakers

Supeena Insee Adler is a Thai musician and ethnomusicologist living in San Diego, California. She performs and teaches classical Thai music on traditional stringed instruments. Her other areas of interest are mediums, healing rituals, and music in Northeast Thailand and Southern Laos, and Okinawa minyo. Adler is active as a scholar in the fields of ethnomusicology and Southeast Asian Studies, as well as a teacher and performer of Thai traditional music, as well as a professional interpreter for Thai and Lao


February 23, 2023


6–7 p.m.



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