Visitors to the exhibition are surely amazed at the popularity and diverse beauty of this variety of flower on ancient objects used by kings and the royal families in the category of “Lotus in royal arts of the Nguyen Dynasty”. All of the antique objects which were made from jade, gold, silver and ivory, were decorated with delicate and elegant lotus flowers.
The exhibition draws much attention from foreign tourists.
The exhibition is showing over 100 antiques made from gold, jade and gemstones and decorated with lotus flowers.
Foreign tourists learn about the art of putting lotus flowers on antiques.
The exhibition helps viewers understand more about the value of lotus flowers in Vietnamese culture.
This variety of flower is seen on everyday utensils from the Le Dynasty such as incense burners, plates and bowls and other artifacts from different periods.
According to Duong Trung Quoc, a famous Vietnamese historian, there are hundreds of antiques decorated with the lotus flower in the Vietnam National Museum of History alone, and there are many other objects decorated with lotus flowers that can be seen in many other objects inlife. The exhibition helped find lotus’s position in cultural history.
Ceramic titles embossed with lotus flowers from the Ly Dynasty (the 11th -13th century).
An incense burner decorated with two dragons flanking the lotus flower from the Le Trung Hung Dynasty.
A crane holding a lotus flower carved on a stele in Linh Quang Pagoda, Hai Phong.
Buddha Sakyamoni born from a lotus from the Le Trung Hung period (the 17th – 18th century)
A hat decorated with lotus petals is made from gold of the Cham people (the 17th -18th century).
Guan Yin Buddha sitting on a bronze cast Buddha’s throne (the 19th – 20th century)
A jade urn carved with stylised lotus flowers from the Nguyen Dynasty (the 19th -20th century).
A box embossed with lotus flowers from the Nguyen Dynasty (the 19th -20th century).
A jade lotus leaf from the Nguyen Dynasty (the 19th – 20th century).
The lotus is symbolic of transparency in Vietnamese culture. It also represents the refined and unyielding spirit of the Vietnamese people.