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Eighteen national treasures showcased in Hanoi for first time

Updated at Thursday, 12 Jan 2017, 09:59
The Hanoitimes - National treasures such as Ngoc Lu and Hoang Ha bronze drums of the Dong Son culture and the Dao Thinh glazed terra-cotta jar are being displayed for the first time at the Vietnam National Museum of History in Hanoi from January 10 to May 2017.
The “Vietnam National Treasures” exhibition kicked off at the Vietnam National Museum of History in Hanoi on January 10.
The exhibition aims to honour and promote the value of the national treasures while creating a chance for visitors to examine Vietnam’s history and culture, as well as stories behind the national treasures themselves.
As many as 18 national treasures of Vietnam are being exhibited for the first time at the Vietnam National Museum of History in Hanoi.
The Hoang Ha Drum is presented at the event.
The Hoang Ha Drum is presented at the event.
Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Le Khanh Hai said this is the first time  18 national treasures of Vietnam among 118 treasures have been introduced to the public.
Historical and cultural related stories will be presented to offer the public further understanding about the creation of arts and craftsmanship of Vietnamese people, thus encouraging patriotism and national pride, as well as contributing to conserve and promote Vietnamese cultural values.
Among the displayed treasures are two newly-recognised in December 2016. They are the golden seal of Lord Nguyen Phuc Chu, made in 1709, and Thong gom hoa nau (a ceramic jar with brown colored glaze patterns) from the 13th to 14th century which was discovered in the northern province of Nam Dinh in 1972.

 
The Golden Seal "Sac menh chi bao".
The Golden Seal "Sac menh chi bao".
Other precious treasures showcased at the exhibition include Hoang Ha Bronze Drum under the Dong Son Culture, which was discovered in the Noi Thon Neighbourhood, Hoang Ha Village, Phu Xuyen District, Ha Son Binh Province (Hanoi now). Hoang Ha Drum is designed with unique thematic decorations from Dong Son Bronze Culture and is relatively intact.
Dao Thinh bronze jar is the largest-sized jar of the Dong Son. It is decorated with refined and unique aesthetic patterns, reflecting the traditional aspiration for the reproduction and proliferation by residents of wet rice agriculture.
Dao Thinh bronze jar is the largest-sized jar of the Dong Son.
Dao Thinh bronze jar is the largest-sized jar of the Dong Son.
The statue of a panpipe-playing couple piggypacking is the most vivid one in the Dong Son object system, with several angles and curves, requiring complex moulding techniques. The statue is not only evidence of a type of traditional ethnic music originated from the Dong Son Culture, but also reflects the rich spiritual life, optimism and the peak of copper casting of the ancient Vietnamese.
Other national treasures are Ngoc Lu bronze drum, a lamp in the form of a kneeling person, a boat tomb, the Vo Canh stele, the bell at Van Ban Pagoda, among others.
A lamp in the form of a kneeling person from the Dong Son Culture.
A lamp in the form of a kneeling person from the Dong Son Culture.
The exhibition also displays important historical works such as Nhat ky trong tu (The Prison Diary), Duong Kach Menh (Revolutionary Path) and the manuscripts of the Call for National Resistance by President Ho Chi Minh.
The "Duong Kach Menh" (Revolutionary Road) by President Ho Chi Minh.
The "Duong Kach Menh" (Revolutionary Road) by President Ho Chi Minh.
The exhibition is expected to provide visitors further understanding about historical and cultural values of the national treasures as well as the arts creation and craftsmanship of Vietnamese artists, thus encouraging patriotism and raising the sense of responsibility of the people for preserving Vietnamese culture.
According to the Vietnam National Museum of History, the exhibition aims to promote the nomination and recognition of Vietnam’s national treasures. Over the last five recognitions by the government with nearly 400 artefacts, the number remains low compared with the nation’s rich history and culture.
The special exhibition runs through May this year.
Translated by Thu Minh
Source: Linh Anh-Kinhtedothi.vn
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