Ceramic exhibition showcases Nguyen Dynasty-style dragons

Friday, 14/06/2024 16:30
A collection of 56 ceramic and gold-plated dragons inspired by the Nguyen Dynasty are on display at an exhibition in the Kien Trung Palace in the Hue Imperial Citadel.
The dragons displayed at the exhibition are mostly created with inspiration from dragon images cast on Nguyen Dynasty seals (Photo: VNA) 

The exhibition, themed 'Bieu Tuong Rong Qua Gom Tran Do' (Dragon Symbols through Tran Do Ceramics), is organised by the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre in collaboration with People's Artist Tran Do, who created the displayed art.

As part of the ongoing Hue Festival Week 2024, the special exhibition is open until June 18. The festival includes a series of art and culture programmes amid other celebrations taking place at Kien Trung Palace in the ancient city of Hue in Thua Thien-Hue province.

The event offers viewers the chance to admire Do's outstanding artistic ceramics, most of which were created with inspiration from dragon images cast on seals of the Nguyen Dynasty, which ruled from 1802 to 1945.

Visitors can also find the artist's love and passion for ceramics in the dragon images, which hold mesmerising and vivid shapes and patterns that Do has diligently researched and crafted over decades.

Director of the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre Hoang Viet Trung said that to successfully reflect the royal culture and artistic value of Vietnamese dragons, the artist had consulted with the centre and other museums and relic conservation units such as the National History Museum, the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum and the Thang Long Imperial Citadel Centre.

He added: "The artist had also researched documents, artifacts and antiques related to the image of the Vietnamese dragon through historical periods, which are extremely necessary for him to build his own creative resources."

Trung hoped the ceramic art and the vividness of the ancient patterns and motifs displayed at the the exhibition would impress visitors and help them understand more about the country's royal history.

People's Artist Tran Do is a famous name in Vietnamese pottery. He consistently finds unique features for his products, which are imbued with the quintessence of the nation's culture.

Under the talented hands of the so-called 'king of ceramic glaze', the dragon symbol is adapted in an extremely sophisticated manner.

Do and his team of about 10 artisans from the famous Bát Tràng Pottery Village on the outskirts of Hanoi meticulously crafted dragon shapes and designs in a 'rising up' style to express the aspirations of happiness and virtue.

Do said: "Bat Trang village is closely associated with Hue culture not only today, but two or three hundred years ago. The pottery village's artisans have been following their ancestors' traditional craft and always wish to maintain it and to make gifts to Hue. This year, I choose the dragon collection to display at the Hue Festival as a gift to the city too."

To complete this ceramic dragon collection, Do and his team diligently researched and crafted for a year and a half.

The dragon is the leading symbol out of the four sacred animals of dragon, unicorn, tortoise and phoenix, with each animal embodying various special meanings.

For Vietnamese people, dragons have unparalleled magic power, symbolising the spirit of humanity, nobility, strength, courage and above all, the spirit of wisdom.

In royal imagery, the dragon is a symbol of the absolute authority of the gods, so it became the most popular image in Hue royal art, carrying high aesthetic values./.

CPV (Source: VNA)