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Ceramics Find Shows Brunei's Historical Links With Vietnam (July 23, 2003)

Begawan - Archaeological evidences have shown that there were certain links between Brunei and Vietnam as early as 600 years although the earlier contact was more specifically in trade. Nevertheless it shows the existence of relations between the two countries.

The Vietnamese Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to Brunei, Mr Tran Tien Vinh said this at the Vietnamese ceramic exhibition here yesterday morning.

The envoy said the exhibition was the first project that directly involved the Vietnamese Embassy and the Museum Department.

He hoped this co-operation will continue not only in exhibitions but also in other fields of museology, archaeology and anthropology and others.

Vietnamese ceramics is one of the oriental ceramics collected by the Museum Department that also includes the Chinese and Siamese ceramics. Vietnamese ceramics were collected since 1965 and up to date there were nearly 100 ceramic items of varies types and shapes collected and dated between the 14th to the 17th centuries.

Archaeological researches since 1952 showed that Vietnamese ceramics were widely distributed in Brunei such as those discovered at Kota Batu, Pulau Cermin, Sungai Lumut and Kampong Delitan sites.

The Vietnamese ceramics were also found during the Brunei Shipwreck Project in 1998. The presence of the Vietnamese ceramics, however, showed their acceptance in this country as long ago as the 14th century. But mostly the ceramics are dated between the late 15th to early 16th centuries.

Also being displayed at the exhibition is a valuable 54 centimeter restored jar with four vertical lugs on the shoulder. The 15th to 16th century jar is of black glaze decorated with incised floral wreaths and zigzag pattern. It was discovered in 1998 during the Brunei Shipwreck Project.

The ceremony was also coincided with the launching of a book entitled "Selected Vietnamese Ceramics in the Brunei Museums Collection".

The book serves jointly with the existing documents and already published material on the history and cultural heritage of Brunei and also could be very useful reference to relevant scholars of arts as well as antique enthusiasts.

The exhibition is not only showing ancient Vietnamese ceramics but also varieties of things in the hope that the people of Brunei would know about Vietnam. The exhibition is open until July 30 at the Brunei Museum in Jalan Kota Batu. -- Courtesy of Radio Television Brunei

Brudirect.com News - July 23, 2003


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