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Bottle Lamp
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It was an important lamp for carriers to transport food and weapons at night when they entered the Dien Bien Phu Campaign against the French colonialists.

History of the Object
At the end of 1953 Nun Đàm Duyên was living in Nam Ngan Pagoda, in the province of Thanh Hoa. Although she was not on the supply workers list, she enrolled twice in the carriers’ team. Each mission lasted about three months and hundreds of people took part. Before her departure she made this lamp from a 65 cl. bottle. The lamp came in handy at night because the flame never went out, even with rain or wind. Her colleagues and she often used it during her two missions. Carrying two baskets of rice of more than 20kg, the lamp attached at the end of a beam, she walked hundreds of kilometers on mountain roads to bring rice to the front. After the Dien Bien Phu victory, the bottle lamp was used in daily activities in the pagoda and as light for serving food and while treating injured soldiers after two American bombings.

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Type
Other 
Materials
Glass 
Measurements
H. 24cm 
Creator name
Nun Đàm Duyên 
Creator date
20th Century 
Where it was made
Northern Vietnam, Thanh Hoa 
Geography
Vietnam 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century 
Function
For illumination when transporting food and weapons at night in the resistance war against the French. 
Acquisition
It was given from Nun Đàm Duyên 
Copyright
Vietnamese Women’s Museum 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Nun Đàm Duyên 
Museum
Vietnamese Women's Museum 
Credit line
Vietnamese Women’s Museum 

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