A collection named “Duong Ha” featuring 3,360 antique items donated by local resident Huynh Van Nghi has been on display at the Ho Chi Minh City History Museum since December 27.
The collection was gathered by Duong Minh Thoi and Ha Thi Ngoc, Nghi’s parents-in-law. The items were made from iron, copper, silver, glass, wood, ivory and pottery. 2,976 objects among them date back to 2,500 years ago and originated from Vietnam, China, Thailand, Cambodia, Japan, Germany, France and Turkey. The remaining ones were made in the early 20th century.
In 2006, after the death of his wife, Duong Quynh Hoa, who was the Minister of Health under the Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Vietnam, Nghi decided to donate all the objects to the government at his parents-in-law’s wish.
On October 15, the museum officially received the antiques. It has committed to preserving and displaying the objects carefully in order to serve the people’s demand to research, observe and learn about their values.
The exhibition will run until January 15, 2013 at No 2 Nguyen Binh Khiem Street in District 1.