Gold artefacts from Oc Eo recognised in Vietnam Book of Records

Oc Eo Gold. Source: Viet Nam News 20141125

The gold artefacts from southern Vietnam has been recognised as the largest hoard of its kind in the country.

Oc Eo Gold. Source: Viet Nam News 20141125
Oc Eo Gold. Source: Viet Nam News 20141125

Gold antiques of Oc Eo culture get recognition
Viet Nam News, 25 November 2014

The Viet Nam Book of Records has recognised a collection of gold objects belonging to the Oc Eo – Go Thap culture as the largest of its kind in the country.

The collection comprises 49 gold objects discovered during excavations in the 1984-2013 period at the Go Thap archaeological site, Thap Muoi District, in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta province of Dong Thap.

The antique objects date between the third century and the seventh century. Many of them represent the Hindu God Vishnu and flowers such as the lotus and water lily, as well as sacred animals such as the Nandin cow, Vahara pig and Shesha snake, besides the Kurma tortoise and Sankha snail.

The rest of the collection, which includes jewellery such as rings, earrings and necklaces, also demonstrates the skills of goldsmiths of the ancient civilisation.

Full story here.

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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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