Farmer keeps collection of ancient statues

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A farmer in Vietnam is featured for his collection of ancient sculpture, about a hundred in total, many of which are said to be from the Oc Eo area in the Mekong River Delta. Oc Eo was a major port of the Funan kingdom, centred in South Vietnam from the 1st to the 7th century. While the farmer sounds like he’s doing his bit to preserve his heritage and history, I wonder if he’ll be open to scholars examining his collection. It sounds like many of the statues were recovered from uncontrolled excavations.

Hoarding history
The Voice of the Armed Forces and People, 14 March 2009
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Amatuer colletor amasses huge collection of Vietnamese seals and stamps

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From Vietnam, a story of an amateur collector who has managed to build up an impressive collection of dynastic seals from feudal Vietnam as well as prehistoric antiques. There’s more than a few stories like these, and it makes one wonder how much of Vietnam’s ancient heritage is in the hands of private collectors?

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Amateur collects dynastic seals, stamps
Viet Nam News, 13 July 2008
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Vietnamese collector talks about his antiques


13 October 2007 (Viet Nam Net Bridge) – A feature on a longtime Vietnamese collector of antiques, whose single pieces are worth up to a quarter of a million dollars.

Vietnam Net Bridge, 13 Oct 2007

The owner of nonpareil antiques
by Tuoi Tre

He is not even known by many antique collectors, but anyone who had a chance to see part of Duong Phu Hien’s huge antique collection would be shocked by the value.

The house of collector Duong Phu Hien is full of antiques, from the basement to the top, but the owner is very modest and doesn’t like to boast about the collection. It was very hard for a Tuoi Tre reporter to get access to Mr. Hien’s collection and to know about his most valuable collection of ceramics. Mr. Hien said that those antiques (ceramic-sekeleton pottery items with the colour of green beetle or do luc in Vietnamese) are treasures of treasures.

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