Exhibition on Dong Son art in HCMC

An exhibition on Dong Son art was held in the Ho Chi Minh City University of Fine Arts on September 26, attracting a crowd of city residents as well as foreign visitors.

Dong Son drum is decorated with images of a sun with human and animal patterns. (Photo: SGGP)

The day long exhibition showed the working and hunting tools of the ancient Dong Son people, replicas of Dong Son drums from the 1st to 3rd century BC originating in the highland and mountainous areas of the central region, northern region, Thanh Hoa and Hoa Binh Provinces.

The Dong Son drums are decorated with images of a 12-petal sun with human and animal patterns seen moving around a celestial star in an anti-clockwise direction. The art works clearly show the creative skills of this ancient people’s civilization.


Dong Son culture was a peak development in prehistoric Vietnam and Southeast Asia, creating a social premise for Vietnam to integrate into civilization  from about 1,000 to 1 BC. Centered on the Red River Valley of Vietnam, the Dong Son were sophisticated agriculturalists, raising rice and buffalo. Dong Son probably arose from local Neolithic cultures, such as Phung Nguyen and Dong Dau phases. Dong Son is identified with the Van Lang ruling dynasty, the first ruling dynasty of Vietnam. (Internet)


By TS – Translated by Kim Khanh

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