"Arts of Ancient Viet Nam: From River Plain to Open Sea" Exhibition

Asia Society and Museum

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This exhibition of ancient and traditional Vietnamese art demonstrates the role of Vietnam as an important hub of cultural and commercial interchange from the prehistoric period in the first millennium BCE through the nineteenth century. Although Viet Nam has been an important part of United States history in the 20th century, the country’s rich artistic and cultural heritage remains largely unknown. As long as two thousand years ago, a maritime trade route extended from southern China to Roman-controlled ports in the Persian Gulf and Red Sea, via ports in what is now northern Vietnam, Southeast Asia, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan and Iran. As a result of this exchange, Vietnam developed unique art objects with connections to China, India, and other cultures of Southeast Asia. The exhibition will include approximately 115 spectacular examples selected from Vietnamese museums conveying the country’s impressive artistic developments and attesting to its importance in the cultural development of Southeast Asia. Objects range from early burial goods and large bronze ritual drums to gold jewelry with precious stones, Hindu and Buddhist stone sculptures, and beautifully decorated ceramics. A full-color catalogue will accompany the exhibition.



from February 02, 2010 to May 02, 2010

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