Trinh Thi Hoa, former director of the Museum of Vietnamese History, said Nguyen Huu Triet and the Archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh City play an important part in preserving and fostering the national cultural heritage. There are many invaluable artifacts on display, which help educate younger generations about the national culture through historical periods.
The lamps on display.
In the Dong Son period (5th century BC), lamps were made from terracotta with the wicks inside. Then Vietnamese people used copper to make lamps, with different styles of lamp bases depending on the users’ social class. For nobility and kings, lamp bases were carved elaborately with many beautiful symbols which reflected contemporary cultural values.
During the 13th – 14th centuries (Ly and Tran dynasties), lamps were also made from terracotta. Each lamp has a different shape and size, but is still decorated beautifully and enameled in full color.
The lamps of the Oc Eo culture are also showcased at the exhibition, which help visitors understand more about the period. Many lamps reflect the cultural exchange between Vietnam and India as well as some European countries.
A deer-shaped lamp of the Dong Son culture (5th-1st centuries BC).
Champa copper lamps, made in the 13th – 18th centuries.
Nguyen Ngoc Thao Uyen, a student at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Sciences and Humanities, said, “The lamps from all periods showcased at the exhibition have created a fascinating stream of history and culture. Many of them are highly aesthetic, proving that Vietnamese sculpture developed thousands of years ago. I feel that each era has its own mark on the lamps.”./.