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Tiger-themed exhibition opens at national museum of history

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Vietnam National Museum of History, in collaboration with the Hung Kings Temple historical relic site, is organizing an exhibition highlighting tigers in Vietnam’s ancient art to celebrate the Year of the Tiger.

The “Tigers in Vietnam’s Ancient Art” exhibition features more than 30 exhibits, documents and paintings of tigers throughout over 2,000 years of the country’s art history, showing that the image of tigers was widely featured in Vietnam’s ancient pottery, carving and folk paintings, among others.

According to Dr Nguyen Van Doan, director of the Vietnam National Museum of History, tigers were worshiped by many tribes from the prehistoric period and the image of tigers appeared early in the lives of the Vietnamese people with carvings on stone about 7,000-8,000 years ago.

“The exhibition enables visitors to learn more about the position, role and development of the depiction of tigers in Vietnamese art and understand why the tiger was chosen as one of the zodiac animals,” he said.

The “Tigers in Vietnam’s Ancient Art” exhibition runs until August 31 at the Vietnam National Museum of History, No. 216 Tran Quang Khai Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.

The exhibition features more than 30 exhibits, documents and paintings of tigers
Visitors take a photo of a tiger sculpture
A folk painting of a white tiger owned by collector Le Tuan Anh
A pottery vase made in the 15th century owned by collector Cao Xuan Binh

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