Rare Buddha statue unveiled at Ho Chi Minh City Museum

In conjunction with the opening of the two permanent exhibitions on the Oc Eo and Champa cultures at the Vietnamese Museum of History at Ho Chi Minh City, a rare 8th century Buddha is unveiled and exhibited.

Rare $6 million Buddha statue on display in HCM City
Vietnam Net Bridge, 14 January 2010

A Buddha statue, insured at US$6 million, is now exhibited at the Oc Eo and Champa cultural exhibition rooms at the Vietnam History Museum in HCM City.

The 1.2m high statue, named Dong Duong, is among the rarest and most famous antiques in the world. This statue was made around the 8th or 9th century. It was discovered in the central province of Quang Nam. This antique is also praised for its artistic values.

Dr. Ba Trung Phu from the Vietnam History Museum said that the Dong Duong Buddha statue is unique in style.

Besides this statue, the newly-opened Oc Eo and Champa cultural exhibition room has many other special antiques of the Champa culture, including the Devi goddess statue of the 10th century, which is insured at $1.5-$2 million.

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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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