SOAS University of London

Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Phyllis Sy Lau-Casson

MA (SOAS); MBA (AGSM, Sydney); Chevening Scholarship (Business Leadership Programme at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge and London Business School)
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Phyllis Sy Lau-Casson
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Revisiting the 'Prakhon Chai' Hoard, an enigmatic group of bronzes that came to light in current-day Northeast Thailand in mid-1960s
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Phyllis is pursuing doctoral research in the Department of Art and Archeology at SOAS.

Phyllis’ academic interest in the History of Asian Art was first sparked when she attended well-designed modules of the Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art programme at SOAS; taken as an antidote to her then day-job as an international management consultant. 

PhD Research

Her research involves a critical re-appraisal of the ‘Prakhon Chai Hoard’, an enigmatic group of highly sophisticated bronze sculptures which came to light in the mid-1960s in Northeast Thailand, and are generally dated to 7th to 9th century CE.

In particular, she looks for archaeological evidence, if any, to securely link the Hoard to a specific temple site and aims to examine authenticity and interpretation of items in the Hoard, combining iconographic and stylistic with technical analyses.


(1) Buddhist sculptures of 600-900CE in current-day Thailand and Cambodia; and religious monuments of NE Thailand and Cambodia of the same period; and (3) Bronze sculpture