Kieu's wooden pictures displayed in central Vietnam

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The epic poem Truyen Kieu (The Tale of Kieu), written two centuries ago by Nguyen Du, has been illustrated on a wooden sculpture.

The work is now on display at Nguyen Du Commemoration Site in the central province of Ha Tinh, Dinh Sy Hong, chief of the site's management board, said Monday.

According to Hong, Nguyen Duc Duyen, an artisan from Ho Chi Minh City, unveiled the work at the site on the day of the author's 265th birthday this year.

Duyen spent 25 years reproducing the poem by Nguyen Du (1765-1820) on six wooden pieces, each of which are 54.5 centimeters wide and 3.5 centimeters thick.

Made of valuable wood such as barian kingwood and ebony, the pieces feature 24 carvings of different sizes on two sides.

Smaller carvings feature several Vietnamese landscapes and detail Du's biography, while larger ones depict 12 major scenes from the tale.

Several verses of the poem, written in Chinese characters, can also be found on the carvings, each of which is inlaid with mother-of-pearl.

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