A 15th century Vietnamese bell, which may have been originally from Hue, is being auctioned this weekend in Paris.
Vietnamese bell on auction. Source: Viet Nam Net 20150605
Antique Vietnamese bell to be auctioned in Paris
Viet Nam Net, 05 June 2015
An ancient Vietnamese bell will be auctioned in Paris on June 7 and 8.
Philippe Rouillac, founder of the Rouillac Auction Company, said the bell was made and used in Viet Nam between 1405 and 1585. Some historic materials provided by Vietnamese French collector Gerard Chapuis said the bell was a unique and valuable antique.
The bronze bell is decorated with two dragons and other patterns. It measures 108cm in height and 126cm in diameter. Many experts said the bell was kept at Long An Palace in Hue Royal Citadel.
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Some artefacts from the imperial city of Hue are to be listed as national treasures of Vietnam.
Sacred cannons from Hue, Tuoi Tre News 20120208
Hue antiquities to become national treasures
Tuoi Tre News, 08 February 2012
10 July 2007 (Vietnam Net Bridge) – A 14-year-old unearths a bronze bell in Quang Nam province in Vietnam. Unfortunately, no other information about the bell was provided, although the Han dynasty lettering on the bell implies a date between 200 BC and 200 AD.
Ancient bronze bell discovered in Quang Nam
A 14-year-old kid named Duong Quoc Hop from Thang Binh district in the central province of Quang Nam has recently found an ancient bronze bell while looking for metal waste right inside his homeâ€™s garden.
The bell was buried at 1.5 m underground in quite original conditions. Its diameter is 0.45 m; height 0.94 m, and weight 100kg. The body of the bell has many sharply-engraved Han letters.
Yesterday afternoon, July 9, a team from Quang Nam Museum and the Department of Culture and Information visited the kidâ€™s house and tried to persuade his family to hand over the bell to them for investigation.