The gentleness of Vietnam fine arts in the 11th - 12th century (during the Ly dynasty)
The Ly dynasty ushered in the era of self-government and feudality. During the 11th and 12th centuries, its strong spirit of national independence has helped towards bringing about a particular style to fine-arts.
The most element influence of Vietnam fine arts in the 11th - 12th century
During the Ly dynasty (1010 - 1225), the Buddhistic art and the art of royal court developed very well. Many sumptuously ornamented pagodas and royal palaces of large dimensions are reported in historical records. Since they have all been damaged by wars and weather, we now can find only some stone and terra-cotta relics.
Stone banister in Ba Tam pagoda - Hanoi in 1115
The head dragon terracotta
The main style of the art of Vietnam fine arts in the 11th - 12th century
The style of the art of the 11th and 12th centuries tended to gentleness, to subtle lines. Decorative patterns spread over the whole composition, and prevalent themes are foliage (lotus, marigold, hibiscus), lion, dragon, phoenix, cloud, wave, musician, woman dancer ...
The dragon (during the Ly dynasty) is an original artistic image: it is fine without resembling dragons anywhere or anytime
Stone Pedestal - Phat Tich Pagoda in Bac Ninh province - 1057
Stone Lion in Ba Tam pagoda - Hanoi in 1115
Together with the art of the Viet in Northen Vietnam, the Cham art (6th to 14th century) is well-known for its sculptural works full of life. There is some interaction between the art of the Ly dynasty and the Cham art
Stone productions in 11th century
Sandstone Champa sculptures in Binh Dinh province - 12th 13th century
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