Titled “Dragon on antiques,” the exhibition gathers around 60 exhibits dating back to Dong Son Culture, which flourished in northern Vietnam from 2,000 BC-200 AD, to the beginning of the 20th century.
The different images of dragons carved on the antiques - which are made of bronze, pearl, ceramic, enameled ceramic jade stone, terracotta, and wood - reflects the differences in the thinking of Vietnamese people in separate historical periods regarding the legendary creature.
According to an ancient myth, the Vietnamese people are descended from a dragon and a fairy. To them, the dragon brings rain, essential for agriculture; and it also represents the emperor, the prosperity, and power of the nation.
The exhibition, held by the National Museum of Vietnamese History, at 1 Pham Ngu Lao Street, will run until an undetermined date.