Nguyen Dynasty antiquities to return to Vietnam

A set of Nguyen Dynasty royal furniture that went on sale in France recently will be returned to Vietnam and displayed in Hue.

Royal welcome for Nguyen antiques
Viet Nam News, 12 July 2014

Items that were once used by kings and royal family members during the Nguyen dynasty (1802-1945) are to be returned by France and displayed in Hue.

According to officials at the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre, the centre has succeeded in arranging for the return of a royal bed and a cart that had once been the property of the royal family. The royal bed was used by the 10th emperor of the dynasty, King Thanh Thai (1879-1954), and the royal cart was a gift from the king to his mother for transporting her inside the royal garden within the Imperial Palace in Hue.

The royal bed is made of wood, measuring 191cm high, 212cm long and 140cm wide and displaying the royal family’s carved pattern. The cart is 136cm high, 230cm long and 102cm wide, and built of wood and metal.

Both items were signed by the Vietnamese artisans who built them.

The items are expected to be displayed in Viet Nam as national treasures.

Full story here.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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