|Researcher Ho Tan Phan introduces his collection of ceramic ware found in the Huong River bed. — Photo radiovietnam.vn
THUA THIEN HUE (VNS) — Cultural researcher Ho Tan Phan, who made great contributions to the antique collection and research of the former Hue Citadel's history, died of old age on February 14.
Phan, who was born in 1939 and lived in Hue City in central Thua Thien Hue Province, was an active member of the Hue Research Centre.
A retired teacher, Phan had a museum of ceramic items found in the Huong River bed. He had also collected more than 10,000 old books, many of which contained rare materials about Viet Nam's sovereignty over the Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos.
Last May, he presented to the National Border Committee (of the Foreign Affairs Ministry) a copy of a book on Dai Nam (the old name of Viet Nam), written by historians under the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945) and recently republished by Keio University, Japan.
Phan has left behind unfinished research about the titles of kings under the Nguyen Dynasty.
Phan wished to sell half of his 3,000sq.m garden to raise money to build a house for his family and a museum in the rest of the garden.
The museum was to host his ceramic ware collection, entitled Searching for the Lost Time.
According to researcher Nguyen Viet from the Centre for Southeast Asian Prehistory, Phan's ceramic ware collection shows that Hue has important archaeological objects dating back 4,000 years, such as items of the Sa Huynh Culture (3,000 to 2,000 years ago) and the Cham Pa Culture (192-1832).
Viet hoped Phan's family would implement his dream. The centre may provide support for categorising of objects and offer financial help for the museum's establishment. — VNS