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by Andreas Reinecke,Pierre-Yves Manguin,Kerry Nguyen-Long,Nguyen Dinh Chien,Nancy Tingley

Once a strategic trading post that channeled the flow of riches and ideas among countries situated along the South China Sea and places as far away as India and Rome, Viet Nam has a fascinating history and an artistic heritage to match it. This lavishly produced catalogue will help introduce English-speaking audiences to Viet Nam’s amazing body of artwork, ranging from the first millennium B.C. to the 18th century.

The authors begin by discussing, for example, the elegant burial jars, iron axes, bronze artifacts, and jewelry of the early Sa Huynh culture; the bronze ritual drums of the Dong Son; and the jeweled gold pieces, excavated from the walled center of Oc Eo in the kingdom of Fu Nan. New scholarship investigates the trade in gold and Chinese ceramics between Cham and the Philippine kingdom of Butuan. The final section is devoted to art from Hoi An, once a major international port. Of note are the ceramic wares produced in northern and central Viet Nam from the 16th to 18th century.

Download Arts of Ancient Viet Nam: From River Plain to Open Sea (Museum of Fine Arts) epub
ISBN: 0300146965
ISBN13: 978-0300146967
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
Author: Andreas Reinecke,Pierre-Yves Manguin,Kerry Nguyen-Long,Nguyen Dinh Chien,Nancy Tingley
Language: English
Publisher: Museum Fine Arts Houston; 1 edition (March 24, 2009)
Pages: 368 pages
ePUB size: 1247 kb
FB2 size: 1950 kb
Rating: 4.1
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Went Tyu
I really didn't know what to expect from this hardbound, German Printed, high quality Yale U. Press, approx. 7 7/8 x 11 3/4 x 1 1/4 inches book of 356 pps. as I have no grounding in Vietnamese art.
After having perused it, I get the impression that as well -documented -researched and encompassing the contents of this book are, they only scratch the surface.

A reason for this is that ancient Vietnam was (likely still is) comprised of multiple cultural and political fragments that drew upon different sources of power and belief to propound their respective cultures. Thus it is an exercise to examine and discuss in a complete manner, each of the different tribal/societal power centers that ultimately contribute objects found in this book.

The editors do a truly good job of discussing the many dynastic and cultural influences that shaped the sometimes fantastic sculptural images accompanying their discussion. It felt odd gazing at a multitude of Hindu sculptures: I knew that Indonesia was strongly Hindu at one time but Vietnam? Wow!!!

Overall, this is a more than adequate, very competent book that I recommend with stipulations. For one thing, I found the proportions of the book oddly off-putting for, it seems as though it is too narrow for its height. As such it didn't read well for me. Also, because there was so much information to impart it was necessary to use a very small font. I understand why this was done but it doesn't make the text easy to read.

The illustrations found within are well-executed. Three images really did it for me. One was a bronze pangolin (cat. no. 22), another was a Garuda (cat. no. 73) a third, truly remarkable piece, was a kneeling figure (cat. no. 28), and this book contains a lot of other really good objects that are beautifully photographed and excellently reproduced.

A pleasant surprise was the inclusion of small personal artifacts such as jewelry. I notice that much of the pottery came from shipwrecks, one in particular, which strikes me as odd: It must have been a very large wreck.
This book does have the look and feel of a text book and it wouldn't surprise me if it is actually used in college survey courses. It would do well there. As a down and dirty art book, I'm not so convinced. Still, this is a very good, workmanlike effort that pays off the attentive reader.
I decided to take a chance because I really did not know what to expect from this book. I have several good references on the ancient arts of Viet Nam but hoped this had more on Cham and Funan pieces. It does. And the earring and possible coin/medal two piece mold is something that will create many hours of further research for me and my fellow researchers of possible Funan financial instruments. Many "foreign" financial instruments have been found associated with Funan but none known to have been made by them. I recently bought a gold leaf piece with a crab design on it in Phnom Penh that came from Oc Eo. My fellow researchers said it was used as an offering to a Hindu temple and then given back to donor as a blessed piece. Interesting and I hope the design in the mold is at least this or something numismatic! We shall see.
Dancing Lion
Beautiful, well-researched book. It's sitting on my coffee table to show off to guests :) I think it can be enjoyed by both regular folks for its sheer beauty of the photos of the items and by academics who will read all the historical info as well.
This beautiful work is the result of more than twenty years of research, diplomacy and tireless effort by Nancy Tingley; and it shows. The photography is gorgeous,the writing is beautiful and the research is flawless. This definitive work on the art of ancient Viet Nam is a must-read for anyone interested in the art of south or southeast asia.