Cultural researchers as well as domestic and international visitors came in droves to the Hue Museum of Royal Fine Arts in the central province of Thua Thien Hue to contemplate golden books and seals of the Nguyen Dynasty on April 23.
According to Dr. Phan Thanh Hai, Director of the Hue Relics Conservation Centre, the Emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty took their gold seals as the symbol of the supreme power of themselves and the monarchy. He said that during 143 years of reign (1802-1945), the dynasty had more than 100 jade and golden seals manipulated.
Meanwhile, golden books, compiled by emperors or high-ranking mandarins, contain valuable information about the imperial history, morality, official regulations and ceremonies while featuring lives and careers of the emperors, empresses and princes, he highlighted.
After the Nguyen dynasty ended, most of the precious imperial objects were moved to Hanoi and preserved at the National Museum of Vietnamese History.
The Hue Museum of Royal Fine Arts is currently home to over 10,000 antiques, made from gold, silver, bronze, glass, terracotta, stone, bamboo and leather. Most of them are royal belongings and art works displayed at Nguyen dynasty’s palaces.