Hieroglyphic translation of Peter Rabbit, £6.99
Height: 275.000 mm
Width: 390.000 mm
Asia OA 1999.6-30.064
Nguyen Thu, a drawing in black chalk
Vietnam, signed and dated, 2 June 1965
Soldiers talking to a group of artists and writers
This drawing shows soldiers in an engineering unit in the forest at Con Co. They are being sketched as they talk to artists and writers about bomb disposal. The Vietnamese caption explains 'The engineer unit are telling a story about how to dismantle and destroy a retard bomb to a group of artists and writers. Con Co.'
Con Co is an off-shore island covered with vegetation and edged by rocky beaches. It is near the former Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) which divided Vietnam and was an important supply depot for the army during the American-Vietnam War (1965-75).
J. Harrison-Hall, Vietnam Behind the Lines: Imag (London, British Museum Press, 2002)