An exhibition of antique items dating back to the Tay Son Dynasty (1771-1802) is on display at the Vietnam History Museum in Ho Chi Minh City to commemorate the nation's expulsion of foreign invaders.
The exhibition coincides with the 240th anniversary of the Tay Son Uprising and the 222nd anniversary of the Ngoc Hoi-Dong Da victory over the Chinese Qing invaders.
Co vat Tay Son: Hao quang sang mai (Tay Son relics - immortal glory) will include more than 409 antiques made from pottery, wood, stone, paper and metal.
The Tay Son Rebellion (1771- 1 802) was led by Nguyen Hue (later known as Emperor Quang Trung), one of the most successful military commanders in Vietnam's history, and his brothers Nguyen Nhac and Nguyen Lu - also known as the Tay Son Brothers.
The family is credited with uniting Vietnam and ending a bloody civil war being waged between the nation's rival feudal houses (the Nguyen in the south and the Trinh in the north). The brothers then led an army in defeating the Chinese Qing invaders.
According to Dr. Pham Huu Cong, the museum's vice director, artifacts from the Tay Son period are scarce compared to other periods in Vietnamese history.