DUPONT, Pierre. Paris 3.12.1908 — Bangkok 16.10.1955 (Auboyer: 31.12.1908–18.10.1955). French Archaeologist of South-East Asia (especially Cambodia). Professor in Paris. Studies of Indology, South-East Asian studies, art and archaeology in Paris under Foucher et al., at É.P.H.É., Institut d’éthnologie and École du Louvre. Worked in Musée Guimet, in French Institutes in Amsterdam (1933-35) and Berlin (1935-36). In 1936-1950 at É.F.E.O. in Indochine, from 1941 in various offices in Phnom Penh, 1948-50 Curator in Saigon Museum. From 1950 Professor of Indian and South-East Asian art and archaeology at Sorbonne, also taught at É.P.H.É. Dr.-ès-lettres 1953. In 1955 travelled in India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Burma, where he laid out a plan for archaeological research of Burma. Died suddenly of a heart attack in the house of his friend A. B. Griswold. Married with Monique.
Dupont was a meticulous and skilled art historian. With systematic work he greatly improved chronology. He collected an enormous archive of photographs.
Publications: A number of articles and reviews on South-East Asian art in Revue des Arts Asiatiques, BEFEO, Bull. de la Soc. des Études Indochinoises, Art. As., etc., in reviews often also dealt with books about India.
– “Voyageurs européens aux Indes du XIIe au XIVe siècle”, Bull. Assoc. des Amis de l’Orient 13, 1932, 27-42.
– La version mône du Nāradajātaka. 281 p. P.E.F.E.O. 36. Saigon & P. 1954.
– La statuaire préangkorienne. 240 p. 46 pl. Art. As. Suppl. 15. Ascona 1955.
– L’archéologie mone de Dvāravatī. 331 p. 152 pl. P.E.F.E.O. 41. P. 1959.
Sources: *J. Auboyer, Arts as. 1955, 309-312 & 1959, 59-69; *G. Cœdès, BEFEO 49, 1959, 637f. and bibliography by L. Bezacier, 643-648; K.B. Griswold, Art. As. 18, 1955, 178-182 with bibliography; Chercheurs d’Asie 130-132; JOIB 5, 1955-56, 291 (with some mistakes).