Nguyen Thu, a drawing

Vietnam, signed and dated, 1965

Two soldiers lighting a cigarette

This black ink drawing shows two soldiers lighting a cigarette with junks sailing in the background. Both soldiers are wearing camouflaged capes and the characteristic Russian-design round helmet of the North Vietnamese army.

During the American-Vietnam War (1965-75) the average Vietnamese soldier stood five feet tall and weighed just over 6½ stone. Their size, as here, was commonly exaggerated by the artists. The picture is inscribed with what appears to be a place name, Mui Chun.

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Nguyen Thu, a drawing

© 2002 Nguyen Thu

  • Map of Vietnam

    Map of Vietnam


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J. Harrison-Hall, Vietnam Behind the Lines: Imag (London, British Museum Press, 2002)


Height: 275.000 mm
Width: 390.000 mm

Museum number

Asia OA 1999.6-30.015


Gift of the British Museum Friends


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