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)
  • Research

Overview

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Name:
Phyllis Sy Lau-Casson
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Thesis title:
Revisiting the 'Prakhon Chai' Hoard, an enigmatic group of bronzes that came to light in current-day Northeast Thailand in mid-1960s
Year of Study:
3
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Biography

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.

Research

(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