Museum of Cham Sculpture - keeping forever a golden past

We can say, Cham Sculpture Museum is an extremely original architecture, formed over 100 years ago, contains a lot of historical and cultural value. In the end of nineteenth century, sculptural items such as dais for worship, stone statues in Quang Nam - Da Nang start being collected by French loving archeology. 

We can say, Cham Sculpture Museum is an extremely original architecture, formed over 100 years ago, contains a lot of historical and cultural value. In the end of nineteenth century, sculptural items such as dais for worship, stone statues in Quang Nam - Da Nang start being collected by French loving archeology. In July 1915, a museum for Cham sculpture was built in Da Nang with helps of Far East Institute of the Ancients (France) in Hanoi. In 1919, the first building of this museum was officially completed following design of two French engineers Delaval and Auclair. After that, the Museum underwent two more expansions, but retained originally architectural style to till now.

The first time of enlargement was conducted in early 1930s and completed in 1936. The museum was built two more galleries at two sides which are perpendicular to the front of the old building in order to have enough space for exhibiting more new artifacts collected in the 1920s, 1930. 
 
The objects in Danang Cham Museum
 
At that time, exhibits were classified by source, location where they were found or excavated. The area of the museum nearly 1000 m2 was divided into the display areas namely: My Son Room - Quang Tri and Tra Kieu Room, Dong Duong Room, Thap Mam Room and Quang Nam Corrior, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh and Kon Tum. Besides, there was also a small room used as the astorage. The arrangement of this exhibition has been basically remained till now.
 
The second time of enlargement is building a two-story building behind the old building, with an area of about 2,000 m2 used for the display and over 500 m2 for warehouse, restorating shop and office. At the 1st floor of the new building is currently exhibiting artifacts kept in warestore last time, and some artifacts collected after 1975. The 2nd floor Care exhibits culture of Cham people including collections of costume, musical accessory and images of Cham people’s festival.
 
Shiva Golden Statue
Shiva Golden Statue

Before 2007, Cham Sculpture Museum was a part of Da Nang Museum. In July 2, 2007, Da Nang People's Committee issued Decision No. 5070 / QD-UBND on the establishment of Cham Sculpture Museum in Da Nang which is an independent unit of Da Nang Museum, directly under Culture Information Department, now the Dang Nang Culture, Sports and Tourism. In the end of 2011, Cham Sculpture Museum was recognized as the first class museum by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (12per119 museums nationwide).
 
 Ganesha is the Holy of lucky and happiness of Champa
Ganesha is the Holy of lucky and happiness of Champa
 
Currently, Da Nang Cham Sculpture Museum exhibits nearly 2,000 different works, most of the them are the original work made from 3 main kinds of material including sandstone, terracotta and copper, mostly sandstone having date from the seventh century to the fifteenth century with many different styles. Outside of the Museum, the worshiping dais, stone statue are scattered and harmony with the airy and fresh air, alternate ancient trees, which makes the museum more ancient and mysterious. Inside the museum, it displays nearly 500 exhibits divided into galleries: My Son, Tra Kieu, Dong Duong, Thap Mam and corridors of Quang Tri, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Kon Tum, Quang Binh and Binh Dinh. More than 1,200 remaining artifacts are kept carefully in stock.
 
Apsara dancer - a very popular imagine in the sculptural art of Cham
Apsara dancer - a famous imagine in the sculptural art of Cham

Cham Sculpture Museum is the place preserving 3 national treasures of Cultures of Champa, they are Tara Buddhist Statue, Church of My Son E1, Đài thờ Trà Kiệu (a kind of ancient Champa altar. It is typical for a part of the imperial city and worshipping culture of Cham people. Đài thờ Trà Kiệu is also typical for the blending and influence between Indian and South East Asian sculpture).
 
Dai tho Tra Kieu (an ancient altar of Champa)
The imagine of Đài thờ Trà Kiệu
 
While learn and explore the Cham Sculpture Museum, we seem to be lost in a rich and different culturuew treasures of not only the city of Da Nang, Vietnam, but also whole world. Coming to the museum, the golden past of people is like reappeared with high level passion and artistic creativity. All of mysterious divine world, the story through photographs, religious icons …are also vivid and detailed.
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