Vietnamese pottery items going back a 1,000 years are telling the story of how the traditional craft developed over the centuries.
The "Thousand years of Vietnamese pottery" exhibition that opened at the Ho Chi Minh City Museum last Friday introduces 260 items made in the country since the 11th century, mostly in the north and then spreading to the central region.
Vietnamese pottery is said to have had it's hey day between the 11th to 15th centuries under the Ly and Tran dynasties, when large scale production began. This period saw significant improvements product quality as well as the use of different carving and molding techniques.
Items that represent the ages at the display include green colored enamel plates embossed with chrysanthemums, celadon enamel bowls and teapots.
Production centers that flourished centuries ago, mostly in the northern region, are still doing well, like Bat Trang in Hanoi, Tho Ha and Phu Lang in Bac Ninh Province, Huong Canh in Vinh Phuc Province, Que Quyen in Ha Nam Province and Chum Thanh in Thanh Hoa Province.
Several private collectors have helped organize the ongoing exhibition at the HCMC Museum, 65 Ly Tu Trong Street, District 1.