Jan Jetso Boeles

1909 – unknown
businessman, Buddhist
Buddhism and archaeology

Curriculum vitae

1909born in Leeuwarden
1935-deathlived in Bangkok; during yearly visit to the Netherland, contact with members of the Kern Institute (Galestin, Pott, and librarians)
1940-1945stay in the Netherlands, private student of N.J. Krom en F.B.J. Kuiper

Special activities and positions

  • photographer (subsidized by WOTRO) of the tempel in Pimai and of Wat Sethupon, Bangkok, 1976-1978
  • director of the Siam Society Research Center
  • (honorary) member of the Siam Society since 1960
  • honorair adviseur for the Faculty of Arts (Leiden University) for the art and archaeology of the mainland of Southeast Asia


  • Boersma, Tim, Interview, Friesch Dagblad, 15.5.1993, p. 21.
  • Hart, Hanneke ‘t, Archives J.J. Boeles: documents, photographs 1941-1999 (KITLV-inventaris 258: H 172), 9.3.1999, revised 4.1.00.


1941  “De buddhistische iconografie van Noord-Thailand.” Cultureel Indië 3: 69-77.
1942  “Het groote Durgā beeld te Leiden.” Cultureel Indië 4: 37-50.
1947  “The migration of the magic syllable Oṃ.” In: Kern Institute Leyden (ed.), India antiqua: a volume of oriental studies presented by his friends and pupils to Jean Philippe Vogel, C.I.E. on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of his doctorate, Leyden, pp. 40-56.
1950  “Excursion to Nakorn Pathom.” JSS 38,2: 69.
1951  “Ulrich Guehler (obituary).” JSS 39,1: 3 unnumbered pp. after p. 118.
1956  Review of: L.P. Briggs, The ancient Khmer empire, Philadelphia 1951. JSS 44,1: 41-45.
1960  “Two aspects of Buddhist iconography in Thailand.” JSS 48,1: 69-79.
“Note on archaeological survey and excavations in North-EasternThailand in 1959.” JSS 48,2: 85-90.
1963  “Second expedition to the Mrabri (‘KhonPa’) of North Thailand.” JSS 51,2: 133-160.
1964  “The king of Śri Dvāravatī and his regalia.” JSS 52,1: 99-114.
1965  “Four stone images of the Jina Buddha in the precincts of the Chapel Royal of the Emerald Buddha.” In: Felicitation volumes of southeast-asian studies presented to His Highness Prince Dhaninivat Kromamun Bidyalabh Bridhyakorn on the occasion of his eightieth birthday, Bangkok, 2508/1965, pp. 185-198.
1966  & Larry Sternstein (eds), The Kamthieng house: an introduction, Bangkok. – Publ. on the occasion of the opening of The Kamthieng House, 21 Nov. 1966.
1966  “Two Yoginīs of Hevajra from Thailand.” Artibus Asiae 23, 2 ( Essays offered to G.H. Luce by … in honour of his seventy-fifth birthday): 14-29.
“A note on Tamil relations with South Thailand and the identification of Ptolemy’s Tacola.” JSS 54,2: 221-227.
1967  “A note on the toponomy of the ancient Kantoli in peninsular Thailand.” JSS 55,2: 291-297.
“A note on the ancient city called Lavapura.” JSS 55,1: 113-114.
1968  “Note on an eye-witness account in Dutch of the destruction of Ayudhya in 1767.” JSS 56,1: 101-111.
“The Buddhist tutelary couple Hārītī and Pāñcika, protectors of children, from a relief at the Khmer sanctuary in Pimay.” JSS 56,2: 187-205.
1969  “A Rāmāyaṇa relief from the Khmer sanctuary at Pimai in North-East Thailand.” JSS 57,1: 163-169.
1985  The secret of Borobudur, Bangkok. – 2nd ed. 1989, with subtitle: according to the lotus of the true law, or the Saddharma-puṇḍarīka.
1992  “In memoriam Acharn Kraisri Nimmanahaeminda, 12 December 1912-27 May 1992.” JSS 80,1: 166-168.