Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Gem carved sculptures from Hoi An museum

Happy Buddha carved from garnet
Happy Buddha, garnet

On a picturesque and crowded with tourists street of the Ancient Town of Hoi An there is a small but interesting museum, the Gemstones Art Museum. It was founded in 2013 by a Vietnamese passionate collector. The museum's exhibition is divided into two sections: one showcases natural gemstone crystals and uncut stones and at another more than two hundred pieces of precious stone sculpture are displayed. In terms of quality and rarity of the stones, the variety of the carvings represented the collection has no comparison in Vietnam. Visitors have a unique chance to get to know and enjoy the great artistic and manual skills of Vietnamese craftsmen. Here are a few examples of the gem carving from the museum's collection

Maitreya carved from a single block of quartz and weighing 100 kg

Sculpture carved from emerald
Little boy with coins and peaches, emerald 

Boy riding a crap sculpture carved from quartz
Little boy riding a carp, quartz

Laughing Buddha sculpture carved from tourmaline
Happy Buddha, tourmaline

Lizard carved from emerald
Lizard, emerald

Sculpture of bear carved from rutilated quartz Bear, rutilated quartz 

Black sapphire sculpture of Happy Buddha and attendant boys
Happy Buddha and five attendant boys, black sapphire 

Spirit of Vietnam, tektite 

Immortal, ruby 

Little mouse, tourmaline

Lion with a flaming pearl, tourmaline 


Frog, tourmaline 

Happy Buddha sculpture carved from jadeite
Happy Buddha, jadeite 


Christianity, tourmaline

Happy Buddha sculpture carved from ruby
Happy Buddha, ruby 

Little boy with carp and lotus, tourmaline 


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