The Nguyen emperors ruled this part of Vietnam, when the country was a vassel state of China. These are the famous 9 Nguyen dynastic urns in Hue, which contain the ashes of the former emperors.
Hue was extensively damaged during the Tet Offensive of the Vietnam / American War. Taken on a rainy, overcast day.
"The Nine Dynastic Urns were cast in 1835-1837, and weigh 1,600 to 2,600 kilograms each. The heaviest is 2,755 kilograms. It is more than two metres high, and the diameter of the upper lid is more than one meter. The nine urns each have a different title, namely Cao, Nhan, Chuong, Anh, Nghi, Than, Tuyen, Du, and Huyen. The Huyen urn is the smallest. It is 1.9 meters high, and the diameter of the upper lid is 1.12 meters. It weighs 1,047 kilograms. The cast of the nine urns cost up to 20 tons of bronze copper. These are the greatest achievements of Vietnam's technique of bronze casting in the 19th century.
Each urn symbolizes a king's sovereignty and the whole row of urns represents the power and stability of the Nguyen throne. Traditional ornamentation was chiseled into the sides of the urns, each of which is dedicated to a different Nguyen sovereign. The designs based on classic motifs include the sun, the moon, the meteors, clouds, mountains, rivers, and various Vietnamese landscapes, and people's life. Many consider the nine urns as a summary encyclopedia of Vietnam's landscapes, farm produce and animals."
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Zepi (22848) 2005-06-16 3:38
Belle image,très graphique,belle couleurs!
naxius (16685) 2005-06-16 3:46
Very good photo. I like the repetitive pattern and the diagonal.
Good colors and contrasts.
bantonbuju (51781) 2005-06-16 3:58
hi chris, i appreciate your recent drive towards historical places and the historu itself; very informative and interesting post today; good composition; i like it;
have a nice day, jerzy
Furachan (0) 2005-06-16 4:25
Excellent shot, perfect exercise in diminishing sizes...enahnced by well researched notes. Great stuff! Francis
faubry (35405) 2005-06-16 5:04
i like this graphic shot with good colors, and comment interesting!
supereira (9576) 2005-06-16 6:17
Great composition and prespective.I like it.Good details.I like the colors,light,textures and sharpness.I like the contrast between the house and the sky.Great note.Well done!
ngythanh (8580) 2005-06-16 6:20
I have seen thousands of pictures taken of CỬU ĐỈNH LƯ but so far this is the best to me.
Thank you for beautifying my birthplace.
cessy (13647) 2005-06-16 7:12
very nice angle and composition
very interesting urns, excellently captured
huynt (5079) 2005-06-16 8:13
Thanks for your very nice and wonderful shot. Color and bright. Well composition. I study too much from this perfect image.
marieaude (1196) 2005-06-16 8:16
Very interesting note with good details. In your photo, I like the diagonal way you take it and this atmosphere of a rainy day. Thank for this photo and the historic knowledge. Bye bye
Fixfocus (9385) 2005-06-16 10:11
Reading the name of Hue let one think of the
Vietnam war immediatly,thanks for showing that it is also a beautiful place which rich history.A well composed image,the diagonal row of the urns looks great.
weswang (18223) 2005-06-16 11:57
Hi Chris, A nice picture and a very informative and educational notes. Thank you for your thoughtful inclusion of the history. A very well composed picture with the perspective view of the urns. I countered 8 on the row and an extra on on the right hand side of the picture. A very well captured picture wihe clarity and nice contrast.
carper (96) 2005-06-16 12:28
very nice one Chris,
I like the point of view, goode depth in it, with the good note, a very good photo for TE, well done,
RGatward (20060) 2005-06-16 17:16
Interesting subject, and well caught, with a good PoV making the most of teh repetition in the scene.
nwoehnl (122) 2005-06-16 17:48
Good perspective resulting from the staggered alignment of the urns, Chris. Interesting textures and well saturated colors, and a great illustration for your informative note.
maphoto (8082) 2005-06-16 19:44
Nice diagonal Chris and special photo, colorful with wonderful details, interesting picture, well done.
singuanti (15250) 2005-06-16 23:34
Hi Chris. Oh how times change, for the better. I was at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington 2 weeks ago. Thanks for the effort with the detailed note as it's very interesting. The depth and repeating shapes are easy on the eyes. For an older shot the image quality isn't too bad. Well done Chris.
PixelTerror (0) 2005-06-17 3:36
Good alignment and perspective, you were not helped by the weather on that day... such things happen !
I find a bit strange they leave the urns of their former leaders exposed to rain as we see, maybe some kind of postmortem revenge ?
have a nice day,
jmdaoudal (82) 2005-06-17 10:35
The note is very interesting, and brigs the best information about Urns and signification (Thank you)
Composition with this tight perspective is a good one and this gives details on the first Urn. Wet weather of course but this gives a special quality to the colors and a nice mood.
I like this visit you share.
jhm (138244) 2005-06-17 13:07
This a very beautiful picture, where I like very a lot, perfectly perspective here, warm colours and good composition.
Have a nice weekend,
avigur_11 (22077) 2005-06-17 16:16
I like the repetition of the urns and the nice angle that adds the perspective o the row. Nice colors and a very nice image.
aloyho (6798) 2005-06-17 23:02
Very beautiful perspective of these 9 urns. Excellent repetition and the variety in the shape of the urns makes it very interesting. Including some green helped to soothe the eyes. Impressive shot!! All the best.
toni_al (15875) 2005-06-18 12:26
Très graphique cette image avec l'alignement des chaudrons
Kenny10pin (19301) 2005-06-19 11:43
I like the angle here Chris, very good dof here, I like the rich colours here too, well done
kclai (2267) 2005-06-20 1:17
Interesting subject you got here. Nice composition, too.
But you need to reduce the contrast a little. Probably due from the scanning job.
It look a bit stiff, isn't it.
Good job for such collection.
Jeppe (18654) 2005-06-20 17:44
Truly amazing sight - even on a grey day - I was about to believe this for ashes - but still - they a little big for that - thanks for sharing Chris.
joseelias (0) 2005-06-21 16:37
Very interesting info in your note. Also interesting is this place and the urns. I’m sure they are quite a sight, especially with the details cast on them.
Nice POV taking advantage of the perspective. Despite the weather problems, it allowed you to get vivid clear colors which in a sunny day would be harder to get.
Burberry1 (6041) 2005-06-27 6:37
Hello Chris:))) What a great asian image!
Great POV and well saturated colors.
pablominto (53744) 2006-01-31 6:06
A very pleasant composition, I love the lines here! Interesting details in the urns and also in the architecture, good colours and textures... The tiles add extra dynamics