28 août 2008

A rare sandstone stele of Ganesha. Vietnam, Cham period, 15th century

A rare sandstone stele of Ganesha. Vietnam, Cham period, 15th century Well-carved with the four-armed Ganesha seated in dhyanasana, his primary arms in his lap holding a sweet and a book and his secondary arms holding a lotus and elephant goad, wearing a short dhoti with incised hem secured at the waist with a belt and further adorned with anklets, bracelets, armlets and a pendant collar, his elephant head with almond-shaped eyes, rounded tusks and his trunk curling to his left, flanked by fanned ears surmounted by a jeweled... [Lire la suite]
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26 août 2008

Allegory of the Filial piety.

The rebus ornamentation was considered insufficient by Dang Huy Tru, the poet used another way so as to closely associating the rebus and the literally references. On a bowl1, the decor displays two qilin standing on clouds. The apparition of this fabulous animal, one of the four great mythical animals of China, means a happy omen, the securing of a good government or the birth of virtuous rulers. For example, Chinese writers said that it appeared during the reigns of the Emperors Yao and Shun or at the birthday of... [Lire la suite]
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24 août 2008

An tribute to his father.

The ancestral temple of the Dang family younger branch was created for Dang Van Trong. Therefore, Dang Huy Tru commissioned some vessels to pay homage to his father, the Ancestor of his branch. The everted bowl1 is design to offer water on the ancestors’ altar. The decor shows a landscape in winter with five axis (deers) under a pine tree. Five inscriptions were written next to the drawing: Dông mach tu co tung, “Winter rain is (at the origin of) the gathering under the solitary pine”, and on the mark only the Dông... [Lire la suite]
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22 août 2008

Allegory of Happiness and Emoluments.

For the Vietnamese, a happiness family must have a numerous offspring, which perpetuates wealth for the family properties. Therefore, there is a need to have successfully educated sons as to rise as high as possible in the administrative high career and therefore obtain honours for his family. The honour is very different from wealth that binds up with money. It is comparable to happiness and prosperity. This wish is illustrated on the covered bowls of rice1 of the collection of Dang Mau Son (Ho Chi Minh city), a... [Lire la suite]
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20 août 2008

Allegory of an Happiness progeny.

The iconography of the Dang Huy Tru porcelains is rich and various. The design of the ceremonial vessel is very important. It can only express the respect and the filial piety. Thus, the ancestors could be expected to see the decoration as they accepted the food. Moreover, this vessel would always remain example for all future generations. The ornamentation selected by a scholar, as Dang Huy Tru, could only use the rebus decor. The basic mechanism of rebuses operates through the interaction between imagery, Chinese... [Lire la suite]
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18 août 2008

The worship vessel commissioned in China by Dang Huy Tru.

In Vietnam, the ancestral worship plays a particularly importance in the religious believes. Buddhists, Catholics or non-believers honour the memory of their ancestors. All families carried out ancestor worshipping and inside most houses had their own altars. However, the rich families had a separate family ancestral temple, which size was according to the status of the family. The altar of the First Ancestor, the founder of the family, is always placed in the centre. The tradition wants that, outside of the founder ancestor,... [Lire la suite]
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16 août 2008

Dang Huy Tru : The man and his missions in China.

A native of the village of Thanh Luong (actually Thanh Ke, Huong Tra, Thua Thien Hue province), Dang Huy Tru belongs to a family of scholars and officials. His ancestors came from the North but had move to the South during the 16th century, following the Nguyen Lords. Dang Quang Minh was a soothsayer at the court of Nguyen Phuc Thai (1687-1691). His descendant, Quang Tuan (1752-1825) found refuge in the village of Thanh Luong when the Trinh troops attacked Phu Xuan (actually Hue). He opened a private school where, during the... [Lire la suite]
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14 août 2008

Série « Expédition du Tonkin », décor n°12. Prise de Bac Ninh. Mars 1884.

Le 12 février 1884, le général de division Millot arriva au Tonkin et remplaça l'amiral Courbet au pouvoir. Le 20 février, il marcha contre les Chinois et remporta les Sept-Pagodes. Le 07 mars, il lança une attaque contre Bac Ninh qui tombait le 12 mars. Mais pendant sept ans, une guérilla menée par Thuât continua à harceler les forces françaises dans la province de Bac Ninh et de Hai Duong. De multiples gravures et images épinales furent réalisées à partir de ce sujet.
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12 août 2008

Série « Expédition du Tonkin », décor n°10. Attaque et prise des forts de Son-Tay, 15 Xbre 1883. Mort du général Doucet.

La citadelle de Son Tay, résidence du prince Hoang Ke Vien, était un grand ouvrage « à la Vauban », défendue par plus de 6 à 7000 annamites et 2000 Pavillons Noirs. L'enceinte en maçonnerie était entourée d'un mur en terre de forme irrégulière, avec fossé, protégée par une haie de bambous formant palanques, fouillis impénétrale et qui résiste à l'artillerie et qu'il faut franchir sous le feu de l'ennemi. Le chroniqueur de l'Illustration nota : « Le système de défense de Son Tay est, de l'avis de tous les officiers, le plus... [Lire la suite]
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10 août 2008

Série « Expédition du Tonkin », décor n°9. Les Turcos dans les obstacles de bambous à Phu-Xa (prise de Son-Tay), Xbre 1883.

Jugeant que la paix ne pouvait s'instaurer qu'après une victoire décisive, l'amiral Courbet décida de lancer une attaque contre la citadelle de Son Tay, résidence du prince Hoang Ke Vien. Le 11 décembre, deux armées quittèrent Hanoi. La première remonta le Fleuve Rouge à bord d'une flotte de vapeurs et de jonques ; la secode colonne emprunta la voie terrestre. La jonction se fit le 13 décembre. Le lieutenant de vaisseau de Jonquières décrivait ainsi la prise du fort de Phu Sa : « Dès que le colonel (des Turcos) Belin nous eut... [Lire la suite]
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