“Arts of Ancient Viet Nam: From River Plain to Open Sea” is the title of the first large exhibit of ancient Vietnamese Art in this country. It opened Feb. 2 at the Asia Society in New York City, and will be on view until May 2. The exhibit contains about 110 objects, from the first millennium BC through the 17th century. The objects are on loan from ten Vietnamese museums. This exhibit is the work of curator Nancy Tingley, who began work on this pioneering effort when she visited Vietnam in 1988. It marks the first time these works have been shown in the United States and the first time that many of them have traveled outside of Vietnam.
Objects in the exhibition include ritual bronzes, terracotta burial wares, fine gold jewelry, large-scale Hindu and Buddhist sculptures and ornaments made of jade, lapis lazuli, crystal and carnelian. The exhibit is divided into four sections, which illuminate the different roles of trade and cultural exchange in the early cultures of Dong Son in the north and Sa Huynh in central and southern Vietnam; the trading cities of Fu Nan; the polities of Champa; and the port city of Hoi An.
The Asia Society is located at 25 Park Avenue (at 70th Street), in New York City. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. General admission is $10, seniors $7, students $5. There is free admission Friday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00.
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