Vietnam Traditional sculpture in Prehistory

The prehistory covers the period from the Nui Do culture, 300,000 years ago, to the Dong Son culture, 2,500 years ago. Cultural activities from this time are not clearly known, nor are the artistic practices.


     There is no prehistoric sculptures purse; only expressions or manifestations. For example, a 10,000 year old carving of three human faces and a wild animal can be found in Dong Noi Grotto (Lac thuy District, Hoa Binh Province). Small ceramic and stone carvings have also been uncovered at archaeological digs in Phung Nguyen, Dong Dau, and Go Mun.

     The Dong Son culture is famous for its kettledrums, small carvings fastened to objects of worship, and home utensils, which have handles sculpted in the shape of men, elephants, toads, and tortoises.