Tho Ha hammock door – national treasure

The entire hammock door in Tho Ha ancient village is painted with brilliant golden vermilion divided into 3 floors. The first floor is from the top, located at a height of 4m to 4.9m. The first floor occupies the space of 0.9m height, 0.3m width; The upper part of the floor has 2 layers of horizontal frills placed on top of each other with stylized cloud motifs alternating, the vertical frills on both sides of each compartment are dragons in a stretched posture, the head is facing up to the center.

The second floor, next to the dragon carving above, is embossed with embossed edges with lotus petals, and clouds in the shape of a Khanh. As can be seen, it is still a dragon image, but viewers do not encounter the repetition, monotony but extremely vivid. Interspersed with dragon carvings are carvings with many themes creating a composition that is both well-balanced but very prominent, proof of the talent of  artisans in Tho Ha ancient village with elaborately and skillfully carved golden hands.

The last floor is the rest of the hammock door located at the position from 2.2m down to the floor of the communal house 4.3m wide, forming the frill of the forbidden door. Door frills with images of dragons are carved with a curving posture, the front paw reaches out to stroke the beard. There is a statue of an animal laughing as a joke, looking very funny, there is a statue of a naked man wearing a loincloth, holding ivory in both hands. On the dragon heads of the hammock doors are attached pottery – pottery of the Tho Ha ancient village.

With the function to prevent spiritual space, and at the same time create a solemn and sacred highlight in the central position in front of the harem. Tho Ha hammock door was created during the brilliant development of wood carving art. Besides, it also stands out with sophisticated wood coating, and the innovative thinking of old folk artisans put into each piece of decoration to create a monumental but extremely delicate work.

In addition to the delicate decorations on each wood grain, folk artists have integrated decorative details with ceramic materials. Through materials and carving techniques, we can see that this is a product of pottery in Tho Ha ancient village – one of the famous ceramic centers of the country with a long history, flourishing since the 17th century. It can be seen that the two materials of ceramic and wood have been combined harmoniously, with only the hammock door of Tho Ha communal house.

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