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Researchers discover 18th century royal promotion decree

Update: May, 22/2018 - 15:40
The front of the document is decorated in dragon patterns and has a square royal seal with clear date, while the back of the paper is decorated in dragon, phoenix and cloud patterns.
Viet Nam News

HÀ TĨNH — A research team of Hà Tĩnh Museum has discovered a royal decree dating to 1784.

The decree was found at the Phan Văn family in Trẫm Bàng village in central Hà Tĩnh Province’s Đức Lập Commune.

Nguyễn Trí Sơn, director of the museum, confirmed to Thanh Niên (Young People) newspaper that the decree was signed on February 26, 1784, the 14th year of King Lê Hiển Tông’s reign.

Even after centuries, the document remains intact, measuring 2.1m long and 0.5m wide, with bold, black Chinese characters on a yellow background.

The front of the document is decorated in dragon patterns and has a square royal seal with clear date, while the back of the paper is decorated in dragon, phoenix and cloud patterns.

The document talks about the promotion of a noted military general, Phan Hằng, who used to live in Phụng Công Commune in Nghệ An region’s Hương Sơn District (today’s Đức Lập Commune, Đức Thọ District, Hà Tĩnh Province).

According to the team’s research, Phan Hằng directed navy troops to protect the Lord’s Palace. Due to his contributions, he was promoted to lead the entire military troop under King Lê Hiển Tông, whose rule is dubbed as Cảnh Hưng reign (1740-1786). — VNS

 

The decree has been kept intact with the Phan Văn family in Trẫm Bàng village in central Hà Tĩnh province’s Đức Lập commune. — Photos baohatinh.vn

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