Vietnam Strives to Repatriate Imperial Seal of Nguyen Dynasty | Culture – Sports
Hanoi (VNA) – The Parisian auction house Millon withdrew a gold medal imperial seal dating from 1823 from the list of objects offered for auction on October 31, the Directorate of Cultural Heritage said on November 1.
After negotiating efforts, the Vietnamese representative and Millon reached an agreement on postponing the auction of the seal, with the line “Hoang de chi bao” (Emperor’s Treasure) on it, at 7:30 a.m. on October 31 (Paris time). At 10:10 a.m. the same day, the auction house issued an official statement regarding the removal of the object from the list of antiques to be auctioned on October 31.
This is the first success of the seal repatriation efforts, according to the department under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST).
In the coming times, the MCST will coordinate strongly with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, some other ministries, sectors, organizations and individuals to mobilize all resources to bring the seal home as soon as possible, the department noted.
He added that the drive to repatriate the seal is aimed not only at recovering lost antiquities and cultural heritages, but also at affirming the country’s stature and influence, helping to affirm the far-sighted view of the Party and the ‘State on the preservation and implementation of cultural heritage values, to develop an advanced culture deeply imbued with Vietnam’s national identity and contribute to world cultural heritage.
This is very important to safeguard the integrity of cultural heritage – an important issue to which UNESCO pays great attention in the preservation of cultural heritage, and also demonstrates Vietnam’s role in implementing international conventions to which it is a party, the department said.
On October 19, million announced that it would auction 329 antiquities, including two from the Nguyen Dynasty (1802 – 1945) – a gold seal made in 1823 during the reign of King Minh Mang (1820 – 1841) and a gold bowl made during the reign of King Khai Dinh (1917 – 1925), at 11 a.m. on October 31 (Paris time).
Based on the evidence collected, verification through information and images published by Millon, and comparison with some Nguyen Dynasty golden seals kept in some Vietnamese museums and relic sites, the seal believed to be auctioned is confirmed as “Hoang de chi”. bao” cast in 1823 during the reign of King Minh Mang./.