Author: Arlo Griffiths, Amandine Lepoutre, William A.Southworth & members; Publisher: Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh city; Size: 18.5x27.5cm; Quantitieslượng: 288 tr.;Year: 2012.
The Museum of Cham Sculture at Da Nang treasures a big collection of Cham artefacts including masterpieces illustrating the phases of evolution of Champa art from the 7th to the 15th century.
Among these Cham artefacts, the collection of inscription deserves special attention. They include early dated examples, such as the 7th century stelae inscription from My Son part of the pernament exhibition, as well as some examples from the latest period of intensive production of inscriptions in Champa, such as the stelae from Drang Lai, dating from the 15th century. They range from extensive eulogies of gods and kings to single character used as sign for the composition of the elaborate pedestals of My Son E1 and Dong Duong, which have central positions in the permanent exhibition. Som of them had been deciphered and translated for research purpose, but the collection of inscription has never been studied and made accessible for the public as a whole.
With the support of the Da Nang city authorities and the engagement of a team from the Ecole francaise d’ Extreme Orient (EFEO), it has been possible for us to investigate all the inscription in the museum of Cham Sculture in a comprehensive way.
“The inscription of campa at the museum of Cham Sculture in Da Nang” contains the first ever complete study of the inscription of Champa preserved at Da Nang, is a fruit of three years of collaboration of the experts from EFEO and from the Center for Vietnamese and Southeast Asian Studies (Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City) with the museum of Cham Sculpture at Da Nang.
The work gives readers a detailed bibliography of Cham inscriptions which is preserved at the Museum of Cham Sculpture in Da Nang. You can access to the study of important historical materials through a long introduction: History of the museum of Cham Sculpture at Da Nang; collection of Cham inscription;what artifacts to be engraved?; use Sanskrit on the Cham inscriptions; what inscriptions tell you anything? ..... Next, the bibliography includes entries for the entire inscription, all have more than 25 entries. Each entry includes a section providing basic information about the inscriptions, and the original text and the translation into Vietnamese. In addition, the inscription was illustrated with original photographs and the wood blocks. The authors provide detailed exegetical research, readers can understand the inscription of ancient Cham civilization.
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