Examples of Works in the Vietnamese History Museum--outdoor sculpture garden
page 1 (of three pages)

From the early Vietnamese Kingdoms to the Dai Viet period (7th century BC to the 14th century AD) and from the Ho dynasty to the August Revolution in 1945 and including as well Cham sculptures and artifacts

Well borders--left, Ly Dynasty, 11th century

center, 14th century


Left: fragment of a statue base, Le Dynasty, 11th century

Center and right: banister of Chuong Son Stupa, Le Dynasty, 1105


Nghe statues, 11th-13th century

This recurrent mythical figure in Asian art is sometimes called a unicorn (not like the western version, however), sometimes a dragon. This fabled animal symbolizes strength, intelligence, and purity. The figure is often placed at temples as a guardian symbol.

Center: Tiger, Tran Dynasty, 13th-14th century

Right: Dragon head, architectural decoration, terra cotta, Tran Dynasty, 13th-14th century


Left--unidentified (if you can caption this figure, please send me an email--address below)

Banister in dragon form, 13th-14th century


Replica of Dang Minh Stupa, 13th-14th century

Go to page 2--outdoor sculpture garden.

See also Champa sculpture in the museum--including 2 works from the sculpture garden.

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