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Temple of Literature (Van Miu). Altar of a Vietnamese King.

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Temple of Literature (Van Miu). Altar of a Vietnamese King.
Hanoi. Vietnamese Viet Sculpture

VIETNAMESE MEDIEVAL Anonymous (c. 300 - 1500) Primary
c. 1450-1999
Paint & gilt on wood
Carved; painted and gilded.
Hanoi. Temple of Literature.
The Temple of Literature (Van Miu) consists of a temple and a series of buildings that functioned as Vietnam's first university. Originally founded in 1070, the temple was dedicated to Confucius. It was reconstructed in the 13th century, then destroyed and restored at various times since, although it retains much of its ancient style. The temple was restored/ rebuilt in 1999. Three kings are honored at the Temple of Literature (Van Mieu): Ly Thanh Tong (1023-1072), who founded the Temple in 1070; Ly Nahn Tong (1066-1128) the founder of the Imperial academy in 1076; and Le Thanh Tong (1420-1497) who set up the first doctors' stelae in 1484.

Caption: VIETNAMESE|Temple of Literature (Van Mieu). Altar of Vietnamese King.|c. 1400-1999

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