Photographer's Note

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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