This weekend, the information that the golden seal under Minh Mang and Nguyen Dynasty was introduced by auction house Drouot (France) on the official website has caused special attention of Vietnamese people who are interested in the history of the country. .
Information from the auction site said: The rare golden seal belongs to Emperor Minh Mang (1791-1841). The seal has a double square base that overlaps each other, a dragon-shaped handle with five curled claws, and a raised end bearing the character 王 (king), meaning king. The raised tail at the back ends in a spiral, a protruding vertebra adorns the animal’s scaly body along its entire length, the fringed head fringes with deer horns revealing the snout. lion, fangs exposed. The four legs anchor firmly and end with five claws.
The two sides of the dragon are engraved with Chinese characters: “Minh Mang four years in the early days of the first sand creation” – Meaning: Made on an auspicious day, February 4, 4th year of King Minh Mang’s reign, equivalent to the 4th day of the month. 2 year 1823 lunar calendar.
More than a hundred seals were created during the 143 years of the Nguyen dynasty in various materials of gold, jade, ivory, silver and bronze and were used by members of the royal family of different ranks and officials. .
According to the auction house’s information, under Minh Mang’s reign, people made 15 jade seals and gold seals (including the one brought to auction). The pure gold seals, known as the Kim buu billion (金寶 璽), Kim bao bi (金寶 璽) or Kim billion (金 璽), are among the rarest and most important.
This is one of the most important seals of the Nguyen Dynasty, used only for the most important orders and documents. Under the base of the seal are four characters: 皇帝 之 寶 (Emperor chi bao), meaning: “Treasure of the Emperor”.
The seal has a height of 10.4 cm; 13.8 cm wide; 13.7 cm deep; weight 10.78 kg
In an unprecedentedly swift move, the Department of Cultural Heritage, Department of International Cooperation (Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism) advised the leaders of the Ministry to send an official dispatch to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and at the same time coordinate with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. with the Vietnamese Embassy in France and the Vietnamese Cultural Center in France to urgently work directly with the Millon auction house.
In theory, the parties will clearly verify information related to the auction of two antiques (owner, legality of two antiques, expected selling price, ability to negotiate direct purchase, etc.). Based on the results of working with the auction house, the relevant parties will propose the most suitable plan (in line with law host country and international practices) to be able to bring the above-mentioned antiques back to Vietnam.
However, this will certainly not be easy. Reflecting on situations that have happened with other countries and international practices, the use of diplomacy is often the optimal way to return antiques to their homeland. However, this is not always the most efficient way. For example, in 2009, after the Chinese government did not decide not to spend the money, a group of Chinese lawyers filed an application with a French court, asking the court to stop an auction of Chinese antiquities by the auction house. Christie’s. But the French court rejected the petition’s claim. There are countless other similar situations that can be easily searched through the internet.
Until now, although the merits and crimes of the Nguyen Dynasty are still being debated by historical researchers, it is impossible not to confirm that this golden seal is an extremely important artifact, marking the historical transfer. Vietnam.
On August 30, 1945, Bao Dai – the last emperor of the last feudal dynasty in Vietnam gave two credentials, the seal – symbolizing “Van” and the sword – symbolizing “Vu” to the government. revolutionary power, officially ending the feudal period, opening a new era for the Vietnamese people.
I have always believed that wanting antiques of the old dynasties to return to the ancient country is not to honor the ashes, but to maintain the pride of the Vietnamese nation, that is also a way of respecting the past – respecting the past. Present.
We have every right to hope for the attention of the domestic super-rich. We have seen many individuals on the list of world-class rich people, witnessing them being willing to spend millions of dollars to buy supercars, millions of dollars to buy paintings, art items, etc. Then with this precious seal, Vietnamese people have no reason not to hope for the “strong hand” of the super-rich in Vietnam to end the floating fate of a national treasure. family.