By Dat Viet
The man said elephant tusk is an “aristocratic” thing which existed in the imperial palaces and the mandarins’ private edifices in the past. Elephant tusks were even more valuable than gold sometimes. It was because gold could be bought by many people, while tusks could be unreachable even if someone had money.
Le also said that he likes collecting elephant tusks because tusks are not the popular things which everyone can have. “You would not feel happy if other people also have the things like yours. It’s not interesting,” he said.
“Meanwhile, collecting elephant tusks will differentiate you from others. You can believe that no one else in the world has the similar tusks like yours” he added. “This shows your upper class in the society.”
Le takes pride of the tusk collection displayed in his house. There is a pair of monolithic tusks taller than a tall man. There is another pair of the same size but with the carved image of Buddha. Meanwhile, the other pairs of tusks show the images extracted from the story about the Chinese three kingdoms of Wei, Wu and Shu. And there are numerous ivory knives, vases, cups and swords.
“I know many people who have collections of elephant tusks. But there are two classes of collectors. The first group of collectors only has small things. Meanwhile, real connoisseurs must have monolithic tusks,” he said. In general, the high class products always have associated documents which show their origin, possibly from Vietnam or other countries. More....