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Pedestal of a column
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The object reflects the powerful development of the song and dance art of Vietnam in the Ly Dynasty when the country entered the new period of National Independence. With ingenious carving, this object is showing the Royal music with the typical decorations of the Ly Dynasty (11th - 13th century) such as dancers, dragons and lotus.

History of the Object
The pedestal is square. The upper surface was decorated with lotus petals with a pair of dragons which are typical of the Ly Dynasty inside each petal. All four sides are decorated with an orchestra of lively musicians. All the carvings are skillfully stylized with scenes of flower offerings to the Buddha, musicians performing on the billows, graceful dancers, expressing the over-brimmed joys of people while working. .

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Type
Architecture 
Materials
Stone 
Measurements
Width 72 Height 21 Length 72  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Vietnam 
Geography
Vietnam 
Time period
AD 11th century ~ AD 11th century 
Creation date
11th. Century; 1057 
Function
It was used to support the column in a pagoda. 
Acquisition
It belonged to the Phat Tich pagoda, Tien Du district, Bac Ninh Province. The French brought it to the Louis Finot Museum and it now belongs to The National Museum of Vietnamese History. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
State property, Vietnam 
Museum
Vietnam National Museum of History 
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