Tu Anh Phan
- University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University
The art of Binh Dinh is one of the major expressions of ancient art style of Champa, a kingdom no longer in existence. Binh Dinh, formerly the Cham capital and situated in the center of present day Vietnam, flourished as a major stopover point on the maritime trade routes that linked it with India and Indonesian surrounding areas. With respect to Binh Dinh sculpture during the period between the eleventh and fifteenth centuries A.D., it seems that there is an influence of the art of neighbouring areas – Dai Viet (formerly Vietnam), Java, and Khmer – on Binh Dinh art. However, the style of the latter is entirely different. The relationship of the Cham and Southeast Asia arts draws upon much the social, cultural, and political conditions of these ancient territories.