Poet's 200-year-old tea tray found in central Vietnam

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Archeologists in the central province of Ha Tinh have found a wooden tea tray believed to be used by the great Vietnamese poet Nguyen Du (1765-1820).

Temporary director of the Nguyen Du Relic Site, Ho Bach Khoa, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) Newspaper on Friday that the artifact has been kept by farmer Nguyen Duc Minh from Xuan Hai Ward of Nghi Xuan District of Ha Tinh.

Minh is a 6th generation descendant of Nguyen Du, the author of the famous epic poem Truyen Kieu (Tale of Kieu), widely regarded as one of the most significant works of Vietnamese literature.

The palm of the ellipse-shaped tray (33 x 50 cm) is embossed with images of lotus flowers, plants and freshwater crab.

The tray was used by the poet until he passed away in 1820 and preserved by his descendant. The tea-set, however, was lost.

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