From Musée Khai Dinh to Hue Museum of Royal Antiquities
On August 24, 2023, the opening ceremony of the exhibition “From Musée Khai Dinh to Hue Museum of Royal Antiquities” took place, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Musée Khai Dinh – Hue Museum of Royal Antiquities. The event was held at the Hue Museum of Royal Antiquities in collaboration with the National Museum of History, and it showcased the remarkable treasures of Emperor Khai Dinh, who played a significant role in the museum’s formation. Among the distinguished guests was Phan Ngoc Tho, the Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee and Permanent Deputy Secretary.
The exhibition proudly presented 100 artifacts from the Khai Dinh era, carefully selected from the collections of the National History Museum and the Hue Museum of Royal Antiquities. These artifacts, crafted with exquisite materials such as gold, silver, gemstones, ivory, ceramics, fabric, and paper, encompassed a wide range of types and functions. They included symbolic treasures representing royal authority, such as seals, swords, thrones, and royal decrees, as well as religious items, altars, decorations, and objects associated with solemn rewarding ceremonies.
Of particular significance were the royal jewels and gemstone ornaments. During his reign from 1916 to 1925, Emperor Khai Dinh possessed 12 sets of these dazzling treasures. Among them was the renowned “An Dan Bao Kiem” sword, a masterpiece crafted from a combination of gold, steel, glass, and iron, symbolizing the imperial power of the Nguyen Dynasty.
Most of the exhibited artifacts were meticulously produced and crafted in the royal workshops to serve the emperor, the royal family, and the court. However, some were commissioned from foreign countries, predominantly China, France, and England, and bore distinct marks and hallmarks.
Beyond honoring Emperor Khai Dinh’s contribution to the establishment of Musée Khai Dinh – Hue Museum of Royal Antiquities, the exhibition also recognized the tireless efforts of generations of museum professionals in collecting, preserving, and promoting the cultural heritage values of the Nguyen Dynasty.
The exhibition “From Musée Khai Dinh to Hue Museum of Royal Antiquities” offers visitors an immersive experience of the grandeur and cultural heritage of the Nguyen Dynasty. Here are some additional details:
- Historical Significance: The exhibition marks the centenary of the establishment of the Musée Khai Dinh, which later transformed into the Hue Museum of Royal Antiquities. This museum holds immense historical importance as it preserves and showcases the treasures and artifacts from the Nguyen Dynasty, the last ruling dynasty of Vietnam.
- Curated Artifacts: The exhibition presents a diverse range of artifacts from the Khai Dinh era, carefully selected from the collections of the National History Museum and Hue Museum of Royal Antiquities. These artifacts exemplify the artistic excellence, craftsmanship, and cultural significance of the Nguyen Dynasty.
- Exquisite Materials: The artifacts on display feature a rich array of materials, including precious metals like gold and silver, gemstones, intricately carved ivory, delicate ceramics, luxurious fabrics, and meticulously crafted paper items. These materials highlight the opulence and attention to detail that characterized the Nguyen Dynasty’s royal treasures.
- Symbolism and Function: The exhibited artifacts serve various symbolic and functional purposes. From the regal seals and swords representing imperial authority to thrones and royal decrees, each item conveys the power and prestige of the Nguyen Dynasty. Additionally, religious items, altars, and decorations highlight the dynasty’s spiritual beliefs and practices.
- International Connections: While many artifacts were produced within the royal workshops, the Nguyen emperors also commissioned items from foreign countries. Notably, artifacts with distinct marks and hallmarks from China, France, and England are displayed, showcasing the Nguyen Dynasty’s engagement with global trade and cultural exchange.
- Acknowledging Cultural Heritage: The exhibition not only pays homage to Emperor Khai Dinh’s role in establishing the museum but also recognizes the dedication of museum professionals throughout generations. Their tireless efforts in collecting, preserving, and promoting the cultural heritage of the Nguyen Dynasty contribute to a deeper understanding and appreciation of Vietnam’s history.
Visitors to the exhibition will have the opportunity to explore the legacy of the Nguyen Dynasty, gain insights into the artistic achievements of the era, and witness the splendor of royal artifacts. It offers a captivating journey through time, allowing visitors to connect with the rich cultural heritage of Vietnam.
The exhibition will be open to the public from August 24th to November 23rd, 2023, at the Hue Museum of Royal Antiquities, located at 3 Le Truc Street, Dong Ba Ward, Hue City. Visitors will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the captivating world of imperial artifacts and gain a deeper appreciation for the rich cultural legacy of the Nguyen Dynasty.