Collector gifts Vietnam museum thousands of relics

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An employee of the Ho Chi Minh City History Museum (left) catalogs a collection gifted by a private collector

The Ho Chi Minh City History Museum Monday received a gift of nearly 3,000 relics dating from 2,500 years ago to the early 1900s from a private collector.

The collection belonged to Duong Quynh Hoa, the minister of health in the Provisional Revolutionary Government in South Vietnam during the war, Tuoi Tre reported.

Her parents started to collect in 1930, and Hoa and her husband resumed it in 1976 when they came to live in the house.

Hoa added Cham relics and items belonging to the Nguyen Dynasty (1802 to 1945), Vietnam's last feudal kings.

When she died in 2006, her husband Huynh Van Nghi fulfilled her parents' wish of gifting the collection to the government.

City officials agreed to accept the collection in February 2011 and cultural officials have been appraising the relics since.

The 2,976 relics came from Vietnam as well as other countries like China, Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, Germany, France, and Turkey, and are made of iron, bronze, silver, stone, glass, paper, cloth, bone, wood, and clay.

There are jewelry, vases and bowls, and artistic products like statues.

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