2,000-year-old bronze tiger discovered in central Vietnam

A rare statue of a bronze tiger, made in a sleeping position, was discovered in Ha Tinh province of Vietnam. The bronze tiger is thought to belong to the Sa Huynh culture, which are thought to be the precursor to the Chams. (You can check out some Sa Huynh artefacts that were on display at the Asian Civilisations Museum last year here). Unfortunately, the article doesn’t seem to write anything about the context of the discovery, or how the bronze tiger looks like.

Ancient bronze statue of tiger discovered in Ha Tinh
Vietnam Net Bridge, 20 January 2009

A bronze statue of a sleeping female tiger, which, initial report said, dates back 2,000 years, was found in central Ha Tinh Province.

According to Vice Director of the Ha Tinh Museum Le Ba Hanh, the statue portrays a mother tiger that is sleeping in a very comfortable posture.

It is 30 cm in length and weights around 12 kg.


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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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