Vietnamese collector showcases ancient swords

An antique collector opens an exhibition showcasing his collection of ancient swords, including 37 Vietnamese examples.

Dong Son style swords on display at the Thanh Hoa provincial museum

Journey through history with antique swords [Link no longer active]
Viet Nam News, 26 February 2010

An exhibition of 99 ancient swords recently opened in Ha Noi, offering visitors a chance to learn more about history’s most popular weapon.

The swords were selected from the private 300-sword collection owned by collector Duong Phu Hien.

Four generations of Hien’s family have maintained and added to the collection. “By collecting and preserving ancient Vietnamese artefacts, especially those relating to the defence of our nation, every member of my family has demonstrated their love for the country and its magnanimous history,” Hien said.

The exhibition features a large array of swords, including 37 that were made in Viet Nam. The others came from different countries, including China, Japan, and the UK.

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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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  1. I have a walking cane with a built in sword My brother sent me from Vietnam in 1968 is there any way of finding what its worth

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