Vietnam fine arts from the 13th - 14th century (during the Tran dynastic)
Like as during the Ly dynasty, the art of royal court, and especial Ly and Buddhistic art, evolved vehemently during the Tran dynasty (1225 - 1400).
The history of Vietnam fine arts in this period
The 13th - 14th centuries have seen many victorious wars of resistance waged by the Viet people, in which not a few feats of valour have been performed, which gave rise to a magnanimous elan. Modified spiritual elements of the society acted on fine - art and manifested themselves in the changes in art style.
Decor in a bell at Van Ban Pagoda, Hai Phong province, 13th century
The changing of the Vietnam fine arts' style
Generally, traditions were inherited from the Ly dynasty, but yet works of art during the Tran dynasty (statues, ornamental sculptures, pottery) were featured by its description with reality, vigour, and solidity. Means of expression also became more liberal, with stress laid on broad lines rather than on details. However, this did not reflect on the artistic effect.
A fragment of jar decorated with patterns of warriors fighting
It may be exemplified by the tournament of two warriors on a ceramic jar fragment, the dragon carved in the Pho Minh pagoda door, the unicorn on a step of the Ho dynasty citadel, the fairies and musicians carved on wood at Thai Lac pagoda.
Doors carved with dragon motifs - Nam Dinh province - 1262
Dragon in Dau pagoda, Bac Ninh province 1293 - 1314
Apart from it, the art of the Tran dynasty and that of Champa still seem to intertwine in this stage.
Sandstone Nandin bull and the elephants in Kim Dau relic, Quang Nam province, 14th century
In a Hanoi tour, the visitor can discover Vietnam's history through these relics.
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