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Incense Burner, stone, erected in the 10th month of the Binh Ngo year, in the 4th year of Canh Thi reign (1666 AD.), Tu Ky village, Thanh Tri district, Hanoi

Incense Burner, stone, erected in the 10th month of the Binh Ngo year, in the 4th year of Canh Thi reign (1666 AD.), Tu Ky village, Thanh Tri district, Hanoi.

The incense burner is composed of two parts: a column, and a base, which is decorated with dragon, unicorn, chrysanthemum and lotus patterns. The inscriptions were composed by Mr. Nguyen Hoang Xuong, a mandarin in the Ministry of Public Affairs and a member of the village. They record the supervision of the making of the incense burner by a duke who believed he was following the orders of the gods and the King to pass down cultural values to future generations. The inscriptions also mention the allocation of land and rice fields for the village to use for the support of annual rituals and worship. And so, the inscriptions are evidence of the care took by the Royal Court for the village’s spiritual life in this period.


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