The nine dynastic urns

The nine dynastic urns are placed on The Mieu temple yard in Imperial City. Being made from late 1985 to 1837, the nine dynastic urns’ inauguration ceremony was directly chaired by Emperor Minh Mang on March 4th, 1837. Nguyen dynasty's everlasting existence and country prosperity dreams are clearly expressed through their names and embossed patterns.

The nine urns were named after emperors' posthumous titles i.e. Cao urn (Emperor Gia Long), Nhan Urn urn (Emperor Minh Mang), Chuong urn (Emperor Thieu Tri), Anh urn (Emperor Tu Duc), Nghi urn (Emperor Kien Phuc) and Tuyen urn (Emperor Khai Dinh). As Nguyen dynasty ended in the August Revolution, Du urn and Huyen urn did not represent any emperor.

The nine dynastic urns are placed in a row in front of Hien Lam Pavilion. They are placed on large stones in accordance with altars order in The Mieu temple. In particular, Cao urn is placed 3m forward the others to glorify the great merit of the first emperor of Nguyen dynasty.

Values of the nine urns are not only expressed through their large figure but also the dedicated copper casting skill of artisans in Phuong Duc, Hue city. The highest urn is 2,5m while the shortest one is 2,3m. The heaviest and lightest urn weighs 2061kg and 1935kg respectively. The urns' legs and upper handles are not completely the same but designed in various styles.

In terms of fine arts, there are 17 embossed carved drawings describing Vietnamese famous places of interest and specialties such as sea, mountain, river, bird, flower, fruit and weapon. 153 drawings carved on the nine urns are separated and completed ones. This shows the skillful combination of copper casting and embossed carving art in Vietnam in the early XIX century.

The relic is a precious cultural heritage which has multi-faceted value in Vietnamese culture in general and Hue culture in particular.
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