|A rare ancient statue of Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, art, wisdom and learning, is on display at the Museum of Vĩnh Long Province. VNA/VNS Photo by Phạm Minh Tuấn|Viet Nam News
VĨNH LONG – The Museum of Vĩnh Long Province in the Mekong Delta has unveiled a rare ancient statue of Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, art, wisdom and learning.
“This rare and precious statue is the first of its kind found in Việt Nam,” said Lê Thanh Hiền, deputy director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
The statue is 1.40 metres tall and made of sandstone, and dates from the fourth to seventh century. The right arm is partly broken, and the left hand holds a jug for holy water.
Hiền said: “The statue of Saraswati is a precious antique, which will contribute to research on the history of Southern region, and as well as Việt Nam.”
The art work also reflects the historical cultural and diplomatic exchange between Việt Nam, India and Southeast Asia.
The statue of Saraswati was found in the Cổ Chiên River in Tam Bình District last year and kept at the Phước An Pagoda in Trà Ôn District. It was then given to the provincial museum for restoration and conservation. – VNS