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Mystery woman of the Chu Dau ceramics

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« on: October 02, 2007, 01:35:55 am »

A very talented woman

On May 16 of this year, Tang Ba Hoanh said the Bui men showed him a terra cotta young lion with an inscription underneath. The lion was a decorative piece often found on the walls of old buildings. It reads, "Made by Bui Thi Hy at Quang Anh fief in the first year of Quang Thuan Reign."

This inscription clearly shows that Bui Thi Hy made the lion and eliminated the gender questions posed by the 1450 vase.

It was Loi, the 15th nephew of Lady Bui Thi Hy, who made the discovery. After learning about his Auntís strength and achievements, Loi said he became curious about anything found in or near the old kiln, which is now a pond. Every time the local fishermen cast their nets, Loi would hover in the hopes something might surface, shedding light on his familyís forgotten past.

On July 10, Loi brought a saucer with an inscription to Mr Hoanh. The saucer had been discarded because it was not been properly fired and the glaze didnít show. Perhaps that was why it was left at the kiln. "The unluckiness of the 15th century becomes todayís luck," Mr Hoanh tends to comment when mentioning the happy accidents that have led him to his ceramic discoveries.

The line inscribed around the bottom of the saucer reads, "Made by sister Bui Thi Hy, brother Bui Khoi at Quang Anh fief, Gia Phuc District in the first year of Dien Ninh 1454."

"So far, we can attribute three ceramic works to Bui Thi Hy," Tang Ba Hoanh said, "all with inscriptions, proving her talents in drawing, sculpting and shaping. This is enough to confirm that 550 years ago, there lived a very talented woman."

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