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Ly-Tran artfact exhibition opens today (August 29, 2005)


A terracotta model of an ancient house on display at the exhibition.
An exhibition of artefacts from Ly and Tran dynasties (the 11th to 14th century), organised by the National Museum of Vietnamese History, will open today in the capital city as part of celebrating the 60th anniversary of Vietnam's National Day.

The Ly-Tran period, which helped to lay the foundation for a strong Dai Viet nation or Vietnam, is considered the most important period in the country's history in the last 1,000 years.

The exhibition, which will feature over 200 artefacts in ceramic, terracotta, wood stone and bronze, is being organised jointly with other museums and private collectors.

Artefacts from this period which are rare, especially ceramics that use the iron brown glaze, marks a turning point for the country's products in terms of an authentic Vietnamese style.

These ceramics, distinct from the earlier Chinese influenced ceramics, are unique not only for the materials used but also for their production techniques and designs.

Most of these artefacts, including steles, statues and sculptures, have been excavated recently by scientists and experts from Bac Ninh, Nam Dinh and Ha Nam, and especially Hanoi's Thang Long Royal Citadel.

Terracotta models of ancient houses and towers, a special feature of Ly-Tran period that highlights the country's ancient building traditions and skills, and construction materials are the other main exhibits.

While large bronze and wood artefacts from this period are few, viewers will be treated to a bronze musical instrument, a bronze drum, an ancient wooden door and a wooden stake typical of these dynasties.

"The exhibition provides an opportunity for both local people and foreigners to view artefacts from the most important and developed period in the country's history," said Nguyen Xuan Nam, director of Hanoi's Culture and Information Department.

"The display will enable Vietnamese people in general and the youth in particular a peek into the majestic period in history and our ancestors, who fought bravely for independence and for better life," he added.

Reprinted from VietNamNet

     

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