The charm of Vietnamese ceramics in the flow of history

Saturday, 2021-11-20 18:09:23
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The exhibition is among the activities to celebrate Vietnam Cultural Heritage Day.
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NDO – Traditional arts enthusiasts are now provided with an opportunity to admire a collection of treasured pieces of ceramics and explore the 2,000-year history of Vietnamese ceramics through the ongoing exhibition themed ‘Vietnam Ceramics – A Separate Tradition: From the An Bien collection’.

The event is being held by the Vietnam National Museum of History in coordination with the Vietnam Cultural Heritage Association and collector Tran Dinh Thang.

The exhibition introduces to the public a collection of nearly 70 items dating from the first 10 centuries AD to the 19th century.

The exhibits were selected from collector Tran Dinh Thang’s An Bien collection as well as the museum’s collection.

The works on display are arranged in four main historical periods: the first 10 centuries AD, the 11th – 14th centuries, the 15th – 17th centuries, and Bat Trang ceramics from the 18th – 19th centuries.

More than 2,000 years ago, Vietnamese people acquired the pottery-making technique from China, leading to the creation of their own genre of ceramics.

Pottery witnessed flourish development under the Ly (1009 - 1225) and Tran (1225-1400) feudal dynasties with popular items including kettles, vases, bowls, and plates.

During the mid-15th – 17th centuries, trade activities between Vietnam and foreign countries developed robustly, and Vietnamese ceramics were also made for export to Southeast, Eastern and Western Asian countries.

Entering the 17th – 18th centuries, many pottery hubs disappeared due to historical ups and downs. However, ceramic kilns in Hanoi’s Bat Trang Village still remain in operation to this day.

The exhibition aims to provide visitors with a comprehensive view of Vietnamese pottery, thus raising their awareness of preserving and promoting traditional cultural and historical value.

The event will run until December 31, 2021, at the Vietnam National Museum of History in Hanoi.

Photos: Minh Duy