18 antiques returned to Vietnam

Friday, 2018-08-10 17:06:24
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Delegates at the hand-over ceremony (Photo: VNA)
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NDO/VNA – Vietnamese Ambassador to Germany, Doan Xuan Hung, handed over 18 antiques from different cultural periods to the National Museum of Vietnamese History in Hanoi on August 9.

The antiques, including 10 stone and eight bronze artefacts, were instruments of production and weapons of the ancient people that were seized by the Berlin police at the shop of a Vietnamese trader in late 2016.

There are five objects from the Dong Nai culture, dating back 4,000-3,500 years, five of late New Stone Age and early Central Highland Metal Age, 4,000-3,500 years ago, and eight from the Dong Son culture, 2,500-2,000 years ago.

From March 2017 to February 2018, the Vietnamese Embassy in Germany and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism worked with the Federal Foreign Office (the German foreign ministry) and the relevant agencies to verify the origin of the objects and completed the procedures to hand over the antiques to Vietnam.

On March 28, 2018, representatives from Berlin police and ministry of culture handed over the objects to the Vietnamese Embassy in Germany.