Author: Phan Cam Thuong; Publisher: Fine Arts Publishing House - HaNoi; Size: 27cmx37cm; Quantities: 234 pages; Year: 1997
When we deal with Vietnam traditional art, sculpture must come before all. Vietnamese sculpture was born as a means of religious practice, especially in Hindu theogony and Buddhist symbolic system. Sculpture had become a professional activity that developed precociously, at least at the dawn of christian era when labour division was not clear-cut and the feudal system still undefined.
Sculpture is the largest artistic treasure banded down by the ancient inhabitants of Viet Nam. This includes the sculpture of the Viet in Northern Vietnam The Champa in the middle part of Southern Vietnam, the Phu Nam and Chan Lap in Southern Vietnam and the Tay Nguyen ethnic tribes in the Central Highlands. For a very long time, the homelands of the above nationalities had existed as small kingdom in one nation, which accounts for the existence of their own sculpture development in close interrelationship with other sculpture of their neighbours. The complex system of Buddist gods and other deities, intermingled with other aboriginal symbols and beliefs serves as a permanent source of subject in the ancient sculpture of Vietnam. At present, this sculpture heritage is treasured in different museums, especially it is still made use of in religious rites.
“Ancient Sculpture of Vietnam” is a sketch of the History of Vietnamese Sculpture due to be compiled in the future. The book consists of five contents:
Part I. Prehistoric sculpture
Part II. The sculpture of Tay Nguyen funeral house
Part III. The sculpture of Phu Nam and Chan Lap
Part IV. The sculpture of Champa
Part V. The sculpture of the 11th – 19th century
The library of Vietnam National Museum of History (25 Tong Dan - Hoan Kiem - Hanoi) would like to introduce all readers!
Trang Nhung (translated)