Hanoi museum to display thousand-year-old jades

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An exhibition of historical jade statues will open in Hanoi on August 2.


The collection, entitled Vietnamese Antique Jade, includes more than 140 items, some of which are over a thousand years old.


They include jewelry, tools, royal seals, Buddha statues, swords and paintings studded with gems,.


According to Dr. Nguyen Dinh Chien, the museum's assistant director, the items were part of collection owned by the Louis Finot Museum before 1954.


Many came from the the royal treasure of the Nguyen Dynasty, Vietnam's last monarchy. Vietnam's last royal family handed the artifacts to the Vietnamese government in 1945.


The exhibition, however, is only a small part of the large collection that includes thousands of artifacts collected by the museum, said Chien at a conference held at the museum on July 25.


The rest of the museum's collection will also soon be on display at the site, located at 1 Trang Tien Street.


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