Ancient lamps on show

An exhibition on ancient lamps is on show at Ho Chi Minh city, with one of the oldest pieces coming from the Dong Son culture.

Thanh Nien News, 25 Jan 2008

Ancient Lamps exhibited at HCMC
Thanh Nien News, 25 January 2008

Collection of ancient lamps on display
Vietnam Net Bridge, 27 January 2008

Some of the 300 ancient lamps on display originate from various countries such as China, Japan, India and Germany.

Made from a range of materials including terra cotta, pottery, glass and metal, the lamps belong to the priest Nguyen Huu Triet, who has spent 15 years collecting them.

Among the differently-shaped objects, a Vietnamese piece dating back to the Dong Son culture (300 B.C. to 100 B.C.) is the oldest.

Find out more details about the exhibition here.

Find more books at:
Flames of Devotion: Oil Lamps from South and Southeast Asia and the Himalayas by S. Anderson
Dong Son Drums in Viet Nam

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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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