Copper cauldrons of the Nguyen Lords

16:08 | 06/07/2016 Society

(VEN) - Thua Thien Hue currently has 15 copper cauldrons, including 11 made under the Nguyen Dynasty being recognized as national treasures.

Copper cauldrons of the Nguyen Lords

The collection of copper cauldrons showcased in the Hue Royal Fine Arts Museum

The 11 copper cauldrons were made in the 1659-1684 period, with seven of which being located in the royal palaces, three being located in the Hue Royal Fine Arts Museum and one being located at the Tomb of Dong Khanh.

In this collection, only one copper cauldron was made before 1659, which looks like a large-sized patterned pot with a narrow neck ornamented with four nice handles. The cauldron dated in 1631. Historians and cultural researchers believed it was certainly cast by Vietnamese but they were doubtful about where it was done.

The 11th cauldron placed on the left of the Long An Palace

The remaining 10 copper cauldrons are similar in design and are classified by whether they have four or eight handles.

The second four-handled cauldron was cast in 1659, which is placed in front of the Kien Trung Palace, part of the Forbidden City and dates back to the 7th year under the reign of King Thinh Duc. An inscription on which suggests a twin but the pairing cauldron is unfortunately missing.

The third four-handled cauldron was also cast in 1659 without royal marks. It looks the same as the second but only weighs a quarter of the second.

The fourth and fifth four-handled cauldrons are the biggest twins which were cast in 1660 and 1662 under the reign of King Thinh Duc respectively and are placed in front of the Can Chanh Palace, part of the Forbidden City. They are 2.2m in diameter and one meter in height.

The sixth cauldron was cast in 1670, the 8th year under King Canh Tri’s reign, which is located in the front of Duyet Thi Duong royal theater. The seventh cauldron which was cast one year later looks the same as the sixth and is located in the eastern corner of the Thai Hoa Palace.

The eighth and ninth cauldrons are the most recognizable with the same size and shape. The former was cast 13 years earlier than the latter. Both have been located in front of the Can Thanh Palace for long.

The tenth four-handled cauldron which was cast in 1673 under King Duong Duc’s reign is placed in the Dong Khanh Palace.

The eleventh four-handled cauldron which was cast in 1667 is placed on the left corner of the Long An Palace. The engraved on it suggests that it used to be placed in front of the main palace of the Nguyen lords.

All the 10 copper cauldrons were ornamented with Vietnamese and foreign patterns, which suggest an idea that a Spanish man who was married to a Vietnamese wife and well known for copper casting in Hue was involved in the cast.

Thua Thien Hue boasts of its unique and original collection of 15 copper cauldrons./.

 

Phuong Tam

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