Vietnam Art Books -- Ancient artefacts showcase Viet Nam culture (February 08, 2005)

Ancient artefacts showcase Viet Nam culture (February 08, 2005)

Gong show: A Dong Son bronze drum on display in the exhibition.
HA NOI — Artefacts of the early civilisations of Viet Nam, collected by individuals in provinces across the country, are on display at the Vinh Phuc Museum, about 80km from Ha Noi.

The exhibit consists largely of pottery objects dating from the Dong Son civilisation more than 2,000 years ago and the Ly-Tran-Le-Nguyen dynasties between the 11th and 20th century. Ancient objects from the trade of China with Viet Nam and others items dating from the 1st to the 9th century are also in the showcase.

The exhibition, initiated by the Viet Nam-based antiquities club of the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organisation (UNESCO) in co-ordination with antiquities collectors associations across the country, is part of an effort to legalise collection of artefacts by individuals while stopping the illegal trade of such items in the country as well as the "drain" of the country’s cultural heritage to locations abroad.

This is the first time such a large exhibition of items collected by individuals has been held in the country since the Cultural Heritage Law came into effect in 2001.

Antiquities club director Doan Anh Tuan said that the UNESCO club was established last year to help antiques associations officially established after 2001 verify and preserve objects collected and determine the ages of items.

Tuan said the present exhibition is a first step towards another national-level exhibition of artefacts collected by individuals, planned for later this year.

"We are working with antiquities collectors to sort out costs, venue and participants for the exhibition next year. I think it will make collection of antiquities in Viet Nam more professional and safe," he said.

The exhibition runs until April 26. — VNS

Reprinted with permission from Vietnam News Agency


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