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Exhibition of lacquered and gilded wooden objects opens in Hanoi

Released at: 17:20, 21/06/2017

Exhibition of lacquered and gilded wooden objects opens in Hanoi

Photo: Tuoi Tre

Objects from Ly and Nguyen Dynasties on display at National Museum of History until November.

by Le Diem

More than 100 lacquered and gilded wooden objects are being exhibited at the National Museum of History, 1 Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem District in Hanoi.

The objects date back to the Ly and Nguyen Dynasties (from the 16th to 20th centuries), a period when the trade of lacquered and gilded wares flourished. Taken from a collection of painted woodwork, they have been studied and preserved by the museum for many years.

The exhibits include objects of worship in various forms and styles, including a number of unique and rare objects being shown to the public for the first time ever. Worshiping statues featuring the Bodhisattva, the Sakyamuni Buddha, and Buddhas of the Three Stages, as well as horizontal lacquered boards are on display, as are images of the trade in lacquered and gilded wares.

The artworks not only highlight the aesthetic awareness and talent of Vietnamese craftsmen but also tell stories about Vietnam’s history, arts, customs, religions and beliefs. Lacquered and gilded wares are longstanding trades of the Vietnamese people and such objects have been found during excavations of tombs in archaeological sites in the Red River Delta and are believed to date back some 2,000 years.

The exhibition will be open until November.

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