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06/02/2020 - 10:34

Hue has 2 more artifacts recognized as National Treasures

On January 15, 2020, the Prime Minister issued Decision No. 88 / QD-TTg on the recognition of national treasures (phase 8) for 27 artifacts and groups of artifacts; in which Thua Thien Hue province has one artifact and one artifact group which are the stele “Ngu kien Thien Mu Tu” (1715) and the set of Champa Linh Thai tower top (XII - XIII Century).

The stele "Ngu kien Thien Mu Tu" at Thien Mu pagoda. Photo: hueworldheritage

With the recognition of these 2 valuable artifacts, the number of national treasures in Thua Thien Hue province will be increased to 35 national treasures.

The stele “Ngu kien Thien Mu Tu” (currently preserved in Hue Museum of Royal Antiquities of the Hue Monuments Conservation Center) was set up by Lord Nguyen Phuc Chu in Thien Mu Pagoda since 1715 and has existed here ever since. The "Ngu kien Thien Mu Tu" stele has many historical, cultural and political ideology values during the Nguyen Lords’ reign. This marks an important historical period in the prosperous development process in Dang Trong (Inner Realm) owing to Lord Nguyen Phuc Chu’s great efforts in the development of the country in the early seventeenth century. 

The inscriptions and decorations on the stele are original and have never been replaced or copied. This is a unique stone sculpture of Vietnam from the early eighteenth century. The form of decoration and the technique of carving on the stele reflect the inheritance of fine arts from the Le - Trinh period, and at the same time have the peculiarities of the Nguyen Dynasty's stele style with typical aesthetic values typical for the period of history.

The set of Champa Linh Thai tower top

The set of Champa Linh Thai tower top (currently preserved in Thua Thien Hue History Museum) is a unique original artifact and a special work of art typical for a historical period. The tower top is made with advanced techniques in a stylized lotus bud shape on a square platform. This style is not encountered in any artifacts known so far in Champa culture.

The stylized platform has eight blooming lotus petals in eight directions. The top and the platform of Champa Linh Thai Tower have unique and rare features in the architectural history of Champa temples in Vietnam. Not only are these artifacts large in size but also contain the construction mindset combined with the aesthetics of the Champa stone carvers.

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