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- Object: drawing
Black crayon drawing on machine-made paper, showing a barefoot Hmong woman aiming a gun, possibly a captured M1 or M2 US carbine. Signed and dated.
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Height: 27 centimetres
Width: 37 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Harrison-Hall, 2002:
Vietnam is home to diverse ethnic minorities including the Hmong, Thai and Dao peoples. This woman is identified as belonging to an ethnic minority because of her costume with intricately woven patterned shawl and distinctive high-bun hairstyle. Today the Hmong constitute the eighth-largest ethnic minority in Vietnam with a population of just under 600,000. They are widely settled across the north of the country but are most densely grouped along the Laos and Chinese borders.
The seductive pose and clothes suggest that this sketch was made of a woman being taught to angle a gun rather than engaged in active combat.
Colonel Quang Tho was born on 30 November 1929 in Hanoi and died in December 2001. He enlisted in the army in 1945 to fight against the French and recorded events through his drawings. In 1955 he was sent by the army to the Fine Arts College, Hanoi, and graduated in 1963. From 1963 to 1975 he continued to serve with the army during the war against America, achieving the rank of colonel. He received the Independence Medal for his contribution to art while he was in the army, recording the war both against the French and against the Americans.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2002 13 Jun - 8 Dec, BM/OAII, Vietnam Behind The Lines. Images from the War (1965-1975)
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- Associated Event: American-Vietnam War
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