Millennia-old jewelry on display in Vietnam's former imperial city

By Bui Ngoc Long, Thanh Nien News

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The golden tiara encrusted with gemstones of Nguyen Lords in the 18th century. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre The golden tiara encrusted with gemstones of Nguyen Lords in the 18th century. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre
Some 100 jewelry items, many dating back to the Bronze Age, are on display in the central town of Hue.
The exhibition, which opened Tuesday, includes earrings, necklaces, and bracelets from the Bronze Age Bau Tro civilization that flourished 5,000 years ago in central Vietnam and the Sa Huynh culture dating back 3,000-1,800 years along the central coast.
The highlight is a royal jewelry collection of the Nguyen Dynasty from the 18th to 20th centuries. It features golden tiaras, hairpins, and bracelets encrusted with gemstones.
The exhibition at the Hue Museum of Royal Artifacts, 3 Le Truc Street, will go on until June 28.

A bracelet made from shells 5,000 years ago. Photos: Tuoi Tre

A bronze glove with bells from the Dong Son culture that dates back to between 2,500 and 2,000 years ago.

A set of 12 hairpins from the Nguyen Lords era in the 18th century.

A set of beads made from stone some 4,000 years ago.

A silver bracelet from the 19th-20th centuries.

A visitor looks at ancient jewelry at the exhibition. Photo: Bui Ngoc Long

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