Sculpture on stone material in Hoa Lu

Stone materials are used a lot in the relic complex of two temples, to create the shape of the Long sieve (Sap stone) there are up to 9 dragon sieves (including 6 in the temple of King Le, 3 in the temple). King Dinh); steles in both temples; Ne stone, stone threshold and foot of ancient rock at the temple of King Dinh. The art of stone carving in the two temples is represented by various techniques such as: perforation, bong channel carving, shallow carving, carving… has created a variety of sculptural forms and decorative patterns. This highlights the development process of sculpture art through the periods. The art of stone carving here is both royal art style and popular style, with the interference between Vietnamese and foreign cultures. This is most clearly shown on the surface of the Long sieve in the middle of the courtyard of King Dinh’s temple near Tam Coc Ninh Binh.

The long sieve (Falling stone) in the temple of King Dinh and King Le is considered by art researchers to be the most typical in the art of Sap worshiping sculpture in Vietnam. The stone is so carefully carved. The Dragon decoration project is used a lot when shaping the Dragon sieve with the image of the Dragon on the surface, the Dragon flanking the two sides. Through the decorative pattern project on the Long sieve, the age of the Long sieve is revealed, the art style of each period.

The art of stone carving is also shown by the ancient artisans on stone stelae in two temples; the threshold, the foot of the neck of the neck and the foot of the throne in the temple of King Dinh near Tam Coc Ninh Binh. In particular, with the shaping talent of the ancient artisans, the image of the stone rock in the temple of King Dinh has been identified by researchers as the standard for the stone statue in Vietnam. That is why after the Official Letter No. 2662/BVHTTDL-MTNATL dated August 8, 2014 of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on not using symbols, mascot products that are not suitable for fine customs and traditions When Vietnam was sent to ministries, departments, agencies and units, some stone artisans went to King Dinh’s temple to study the stone image here to recreate the mascots in a pure Vietnamese way. .

Through learning the art of sculpture on wood and stone at the temple of King Dinh and the temple of King Le near Tam Coc Ninh Binh, it helps us to get closer to our fathers, to understand a part of the spiritual world as well as our desires and worries. busy life of the ancients. These are vivid documents that signal the transformation of aesthetic models and social upheavals in each period.

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