IPPA 2018 updates

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Some news from the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association Secretariat: The 2018 congress has a new website online:

Registration and other details are now available at the website: https://sites.google.com/site/ippasecretariat/

I think all the panels are finalised, but there are some panels looking for (more) papers such as:

Please check with the relevant panel conveners if you are still interested in presenting a paper in Hue.

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The treasures of Vietnam’s Forbidden City

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Old aerial photo of The Forbidden City of Hue. Source: Vietnam Net 20160208

A feature on the royal treasures (quite literally) of the Nguyen Dynasty in their seat of power – Hue.

Old aerial photo of The Forbidden City of Hue. Source: Vietnam Net 20160208

Old aerial photo of The Forbidden City of Hue. Source: Vietnam Net 20160208

Discover the “treasures” of antiquities in Hue Citadel
Vietnam Net, 08 Feb 2016

The last feudal dynasty of Vietnam in Hue City went through many historical events. Tens of thousands of rare artifacts of the Nguyen Dynasty have been lost.

According to Dr. Phan Thanh Hai, Director of the Centre for Conservation of Hue Monuments, from the eighteenth century, the nobility of Hue was interested in collecting antiques and purchasing valuable items.
Researcher Phan Thuan An said that in the golden age of the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945), palaces and temples in the royal citadel as well as the tombs were decorated with and stored a lot of precious objects, which were the most valuable things in the country.

Working for years in the colony, Robert R. de la Susse is a French official who had deep understanding of and loved Vietnamese culture. In an opportunity to visit the Hue royal citadel in the early 1910s, after seeing artifacts in Can Chanh and Phung Tien palaces, he called these places “museums”.

Full story here.

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Vietnamese scholar donates imperial records

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Ho Tan Phan, Vietnamese scholar who donated his collection of Vietnamese records. Source: Viet Nam News 20150615

Similar to the previous story, a Vietnamese scholar donated his collection of royal chronicles in the hope they will shed light to Vietnamese claims over the disputed islands in the South China Sea.

Ho Tan Phan, Vietnamese scholar who donated his collection of Vietnamese records. Source: Viet Nam News 20150615

Ho Tan Phan, Vietnamese scholar who donated his collection of Vietnamese records. Source: Viet Nam News 20150615

Scholar gives rare East Sea records to State
Viet Nam News, 15 June 2015

Researcher Ho Tan Phan has presented copies of rare Vietnamese royal chronicles to the National Boundary Committee under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Phan believes the books could serve as evidence of Viet Nam’s sovereignty over the Truong Sa (Spratly) and Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelagoes.

The Hue-based researcher said Dai Nam Thuc Luc (Great South Real Record) was a trusted collection of documents that justified Viet Nam’s sovereignty over the two archipelagoes.

Full story here.

15th century Vietnamese bell to be auctioned in France

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Vietnamese bell on auction. Source: Viet Nam Net 20150605

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

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.

Full story here.

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Preserving poetry inscribed on Hue’s buildings

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Carved poetry on buildings in Hue. Source: Viet Nam News 20150511

Conservators in Vietnam met recently in Hue to discuss the best ways to preserve the unique poetry carved on some of the heritage buildings in the historic city.

Carved poetry on buildings in Hue. Source: Viet Nam News 20150511

Carved poetry on buildings in Hue. Source: Viet Nam News 20150511

Conservationists discuss Hue carvings
Viet Nam News, 11 May 2015

The country’s leading conservationists gathered in Hue over the weekend to discuss the poetry that is carved on wooden and concrete heritage buildings in the former royal capital city.

The conservationists also will seek ways to protect this poetry.

Despite Han Chinese characters being used for transcription of the poems, they are still different from carved calligraphy found on ancient buildings in China, the conservationists agreed.

According to Vu Thi Minh Huong, chairwoman of the national committee for Memory of the World Programmes, carved poetry on imperial buildings in Hue and the Nguyen dynasty (1802-1945) woodprints included poems for the general public.

Full story here.

Vietnamese jewelery on display in Hue

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Bronze bracelets from the Dong Son culture. Source: Viet Nam Net 20150510

A range of jewelry from Vietnam’s past is on display at the Hue Museum of Royal Antiquities.

Bronze bracelets from the Dong Son culture. Source: Viet Nam Net 20150510

Bronze bracelets from the Dong Son culture. Source: Viet Nam Net 20150510

Rare ancient jewelry of the Vietnamese in pictures
Viet Nam Net, 10 May 2015

More than 100 jewelry items thousands of years old were on display at the exhibition “Vietnam’s ancient jewelry” in Hue recently.

The exhibits are selected from the old jewelry collections of the Center for Preservation of Hue Relics and the National History Museum. The exhibition introduced a fairly comprehensive overview of the art of jewelry from prehistory to the Nguyen Dynasty (19th century).

From bracelets, gloves, and bronze belts of the Dong Son culture (2,000 to 2,500 years ago) to earrings, stone, agate, and glass beads of Sa Huynh culture were introduced at the exhibition. This is a glove with bronze bells of the Dong Son culture.

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Queen mother’s rickshaw now on display in Hue

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Queen Mother Tu Minh's rickshaw. Source: Viet Nam News 20150423

A Nguyen Dynasty-era rickshaw that was taken out to France, and recently repatriated when it was sold at an auction, is finally back in Vietnam and now on display in Hue.

 Queen Mother Tu Minh's rickshaw. Source: Viet Nam News 20150423

Queen Mother Tu Minh’s rickshaw. Source: Viet Nam News 20150423

Antique rickshaw back from France
Viet Nam News, 23 April 2015

The conservation centre in Hue yesterday opened a new section inside the former Imperial Citadel to display the ambience of the queen mothers under the Nguyen dynasty (1802-1945).
The area was used as a waiting lounge for guests who paid visits to the queen mothers in Dien Tho Palace, part of a harem designated for queen mothers.

The items on display include a wooden rickshaw that the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre bought at an auction in France for US$100,000.

The rickshaw was used by Queen Mother Tu Minh, who was given it as a gift by her son, King Thanh Thai, (1879-1954) for the queen to move around inside the vast palace.

Full story here.

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