Treasures from 200-year-old kingdom on display

For the first time in 50 years, the Vietnam Historical Museum will put on display a set of treasures from the Nguyen Dynasty (1804-1945), the last ruling dynasty of the country.

Nguyen Kingdom’s treasures on display
Thanh Nien News, 8 October 2010

After a nearly 50-year restoration, the Vietnam Historical Museum will display a collection of the Nguyen Kingdom’s treasures.

The collection will open on Saturday (October 9) and includes three seals, two swords, two caps and two tea-sets. The items were cast in 1806 out of gold during the dynasty of King Minh Mang. Experts have lauded the quality of these skillfully crafted objects, which were often used by the Nguyen kings.

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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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