Unique national treasures

 VietNamNet Bridge - Ngoc Lu drum is the most typical drum in the Vietnamese bronze drum system. Dao Thinh bronze jar is typical for traditional beliefs, while the Bodhisattva Tara statue is the pinnacle of visual arts.

Ho Chi Minh’s “Prison Diary” becomes national treasure

Ngoc Lu drum (around 2,500 years) is one of the Dong Son bronze drums of the large size (diameter 79 cm, height 63 cm). This is the most typical drum in the Vietnamese bronze drum system. It is also the typical drum of the brightest development of the Dong Son culture. The drum is a full convergence of scientific knowledge of the time as well as the artistic talent and the soul of the ancient Vietnamese. Decorations on the Ngoc Lu drum can be considered as the standard for harmony of the characteristic and art style of Dong Son bronze drums. Photo: Vietnam Museum of History

Dao Thinh bronze jar is a typical item of the traditional beliefs of the Vietnamese people. It was accidentally discovered in 1960, on the bank of the Red River in Dao Thinh commune, Chan Yen district, Yen Bai province.

Among hundreds of antiques of the Tay Son dynasty, the most notable item is a bronze drum casted in 1800, for its special shape, its uniqueness and outstanding interior details.

This seal is considered as the ancient bronze seal with the most obviousdate. The seal was made in 1377 and was used to stamp on important administrative documents of kings of the Tran Dynasty.

The blue and white pottery masterpiece was found on the shipwreck in Cu Lao Cham. It is highly appreciated by many domestic and foreign researchers. The vase has strange design, with Vietnamese-style decorative patterns.

“Prison Diary” by President Ho Chi Minh is preserved at the National Museum of History. The poetic diary was written from 29/08/1942 until 09/10/1943 while Ho Chi Minh was detained and escorted to 18 prisons in 13 districts of Guangxi Province (China). The original diary is just a small notebook, with faded green cover, including 133 Chinese poems and some records.

In 1965, President Ho Chi Minh began writing his testament. After his death, his secretary Vu Ky forwarded this document to the Politburo at a special closed-door meeting on 03/09/1969. The documents were in an envelope, noted 'strictly confidential.' That is the will of President Ho Chi Minh.

Dong Duong Buddha statue is a typical artwork that embodies the sophisticated bronze casting technique combining with the visual art of the Cham culture. In April 1911, archaeologist Henri Parmentier (France) discovered the statue in Binh Dinh commune, Thang Binh district, Quang Nam province. After more than 100 years, there is still no Buddha statue that can pass the Dong Duong statue for the two criteria: the oldest and the strange beauty. This is actually a statue of the Sakyamuni Buddha of 1.22 m high, standing on the two-story lotus pedestal. The statue was carved in the third century. Photo: Daophatngaynay

Statue of Bodhisattva Tara (1.14 m) is the largest bronze statue of Cham art, showing the female incarnation of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. The statue was dated back to the late 9th century and early 10th century in Dong Duong (Quang Nam). Photo: Chammuseum.

The set of nine censers in Hue is the unique artwork, with high value in terms of culture and history, containing the ideas of an era, the human mind and the idea of the country, the universe and nature. Read: NguyenDynasty’s antiques and Vietnam’s sovereignty

At noon of 04/30/1975, the large iron gate of the Independence Palace collapsed. The whole of the puppet Government had to surrender unconditionally. The victory flag flew on the roof of the Independence Palace, opening up a new chapter in the history of Vietnam after years of fierce battle. At this historic moment, two legendary tanks numbered 390 and 843 knocked down the gate of the Independence Palace. Tank 390 entered the palace first because at that time the tank 843 got stuck at the left gate. The photo taken by a French female reporter at that historic moment. Photo: Dinhdoclap.

Compiled by T. Van