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Royal Vietnamese Art exhibition to open in Paris
By Thu Thuy - Thanh Nien News -

The National Museum of Asian Arts – Guimet in Paris. Photo credit: www.paris360.de The National Museum of Asian Arts – Guimet in Paris. Photo credit: www.paris360.de

Artifacts dating back to various feudal Vietnamese dynasties will be on display at the National Museum of Asian Arts – Guimet in Paris, France starting on July 9, according to the Vietnam National Museum of History.
The exhibition, entitled “The Flight Of The Dragon - Royal Art of Vietnam “, will feature 89 artifacts dating back to the Dong Son – a Bronze Age culture centered at the Red River Valley in northern Vietnam -- to the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945), Vietnam's last feudal institution.
The objects, selected from the archives of the Vietnam National Museum of History, were packed and transferred to the Guimet museum officials June 18-22, the Hanoi-based museum said.
The highlights will include a collection of precious objects carved with images of dragon belonging to the Nguyen Dynasty like a golden book, a golden seal and imperial crowns and diadems made of gold and gemstones.
In Vietnam tradition, the dragon occupies a privileged position within the bestiary of mythical creatures instead, sa a representative of the Vietnam National Museum of History.
At once terrifying and beneficial, this fascinating chimera manifests the dynamic nature of its protective and beneficial role in one aspect at a time and lively gesticulating with Vietnamese artists for centuries, describes the meanders.
The exhibition is being organized as part of the France-Vietnam Year 2013-2014. It will run until September 15.

A dragon-carved Bodhi Tree leaf relief created during the Ly Dynasty (1009-1225) is among the artifacts that will go on display at the National Museum of Asian Arts – Guimet in Paris from July 9 to September 15

A dragon-embossed wooden box that contained royal records conferring titles to mandarins during the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945) will also be exhibited at the Guimet museum. Photo credit: Vietnam National Museum of History