Nguyen dynasty treasures on display in Da Lat

Thursday, 2017-06-15 10:26:24
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NDO – A total of 36 precious artifacts, from the Nguyen dynasty period (1802-1945), are on display at an exhibition that opened recently at Lam Dong museum in Da Lat city.

The artifacts, made of gold and gemstones, include flower vases; daily utensils such as bowls and basins; objects used in royal worship and rituals; and items used in royal office, including brushes, ink stone, paperweights and pen holders.

All of the items were carefully carved with highly sophisticated decorative patterns, showing the talent of Vietnam’s craft masters.

The exhibition also introduces 100 documentary photos on Hue royal architecture, the tombs of Nguyen Emperors and images of mandarins from that period.

The exhibits were selected from 126 artifacts handed over to the interim government after the abdication of Emperor Bao Dai in August 1945.

According to Lam Dong Museum Director, Pham Huu Tho, the artifacts have great significance to historical, cultural and artistic values. Many objects in the collection are unique, as they can only be found at Lam Dong Museum, he said.

Selected objects on display at the exhibition:

A gem badge of Emperor Khai Dinh (1885-1925)

A stele made to celebrate the 40th birth anniversary of Emperor Bao Dai (1913-1997).

Gemstone bowls used in royal banquets

Gemstone bowls used in royal banquets

Gemstone cups with gold rim

A decorative object in shape of a lotus base

A gemstone bowl presented by Emperor Khai Dinh to Prince Vinh Thuy, who later Emperor Bao Dai in 1920.

A spoon with floral tendrils on its handle