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Ling Xung Stele
LSb 21145
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This is a stele which recorded the great merits of a national hero. It has remained intact until now with the complete engraved inscriptions.

History of the Object
The text describes the merits as well as the concerns of Ly Thuong Kiet in searching for land to build the Linh Xung Pagoda (Thanh Hoá province). It reflects the peak of development of Vietnamese Buddhism in this period. The text is also about Ly Thuong Kiet's efforts in fighting against Champa in 1069 and the Sung Dynasty in 1076 - 1077.

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Type
Inscription stones 
Materials
Stone 
Measurements
Width 108 Height 190  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Vietnam 
Geography
Vietnam 
Time period
AD 11th century ~ AD 13th century 
Creation date
11th Century - 13th Century; Khmer period 
Function
Memorial function. This stele describes the contribution and merit of Ly Thuong Kiet, a National hero of Vietnam in the Ly Dynasty (11th - 13th century). 
Acquisition
In the past the stele was of the Linh Xung pagoda, Ngo Xa commune, Ha Trung District, Thanh Hoá province. The French brought it to the Louis Finot Museum. Now it belongs to National Museum of Vietnamese History. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
State Property, Viet Nam 
Museum
Vietnam National Museum of History 
Credit line
 

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