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Door carved with dragons
SDK 5430
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The door was made from iron with wood- engraved dragons, unicorns (two of four sacred animals) and clouds - the common theme of Buddhist art. The object represented the plastic style of the Restored Le Dynasty in the 17th Century which implied the powerful living force of the Vietnamese. This is a typical work of art from Vietnam's classical fine arts period.

History of the Object
In the 17th century Buddhism developed strongly in Vietnam with the construction of many pagodas. This was also the most thriving age of Vietnamese fine arts with many achievements in sculpture, architecture and ceramics.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Wood 
Measurements
Width 242cm Height 190cm Length 9.5cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
17th century 
Where it was made
Vietnam 
Geography
Vietnam 
Time period
AD 17th century ~ AD 17th century 
Creation date
17th Century; 1630 - 1631 
Function
This was part of the tri-exit door of Keo Pagoda in Vu Thu Dist., Thai Binh Province, Vietnam. 
Acquisition
Vietnam Fine Arts Museum acquired this object in 1991 when the pagoda was being reconstructed and a new door installed. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Vietnam Fine Arts Museum 
Museum
Vietnam Fine Arts Museum 
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