Emblem of Vietnam

The emblem of Vietnam (Vietnamese: Quốc huy Việt Nam, lit.'the National emblem of Vietnam') is circular, has a red background and a yellow star in the middle which represent the five main classes in Vietnamese society—intellectuals, farmers, workers, business people and military personnel; the revolutionary history and bright future of Vietnam. The cog and crops represent the cooperation of agriculture and industrial labor.[1]

National Emblem of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam
Emblem of Vietnam.svg
ArmigerSocialist Republic of Vietnam
Adopted30 November 1955
2 July 1976
MottoCộng hòa Xã hội chủ nghĩa Việt Nam
("Socialist Republic of Vietnam")
Order(s)Cog and crops

According to the Constitution of Vietnam:

The national emblem of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam is circular in shape; in the middle of a red background is a five-pointed golden star framed by rice ears below which is half a cogwheel and the inscription: Socialist Republic of Vietnam".

— The 1992 Constitution of Vietnam, Article 142 [2]

HistoryEdit

 
A document issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs calling for the creation of a national emblem and a national seal for the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (dated 28-01-1951).

During the 1950s, a number of countries around the world established diplomatic relations with the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.[3] In order to expand relations with other countries and affirm Vietnam's sovereignty through diplomatic activities, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sent an official dispatch to the National Assembly Standing Committee on the creation of the national emblem.[3] The Workers' Party of North Vietnam and the North Vietnamese government advocated for the creation of a national emblem "to achieve orderliness for international dealings".[3] The coat of arms was designed by artist Bùi Trang Chước and was edited by artist Trần Văn Cẩn.[4][5]

North Vietnam adopted its national emblem on 30 November 1955.[citation needed]

In June 1953 Bùi Trang Chước entered a contest to design the national emblem of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, in which he submitted 112 different detailed research drawings, sketches and pencil drawings.[6] Of his submissions 15 sketches were selected by the Central Committee of Fine Arts and Arts and sent to the Ministry of Propaganda for submission to the Prime Minister in October 1954.[6]

The design closely resembles the emblem of the People's Republic of China and the entire emblem is based on the coat of arms of the Soviet Union.

Later, in his memoir "I draw the model of the National Emblem" (Tôi vẽ mẫu Quốc huy) by Bùi Trang Chước published on 26 April 1985, he wrote: "My last sketch of the [North] Vietnamese National Emblem back then was for presentation. In a circular shape, the two sides are surrounded by Vietnamese rice grains with some rice flowers hanging inside holding an anvil at the bottom, symbolising agriculture. Under the anvil is a silk strip that later received the words "Democratic Republic of Vietnam" (Việt Nam Dân chủ Cộng hòa). The two ends of the silk strip wrap the two sides of the rice flower from the bottom up, each side two segments. In the upper centre in the background is a yellow star superimposed on a red background, under the star near the center of the background is an arc of the sun with rays around it, evoking an image of dawn."[7] He noted that his entire National Emblem design uses only two colours yellow and red, the traditional colours of the nation.[7]

After sending this sketch for comment to the North Vietnamese president Hồ Chí Minh a number of corrections were requested. President Hồ Chí Minh commented that; "The image of the anvil is an individual handicraft, so the image should be replaced with something that represents modern industry."[7] After 3 edits, from early 1955 to September 1955, painter Bùi Trang Chước completed the model.[7]

Regarding this last sample of the North Vietnamese national emblem, artist Bùi Trang Chước wrote: "This time I also drew a circle around the two sides, there are more rice flowers extending upwards, adjacent to the border. Each of them are located at the top of the circle, the two sides still keep the rice flowers hanging down to embrace now a cogwheel rather than an anvil. At the bottom, the silk ribbon in the middle has the words Việt Nam Dân chủ Cộng hòa ("Democratic Republic of Vietnam"). The silk ribbon is still wrapped on the rice stalks with 2 sections on each side, the roots of the rice flowers cross each other to form the emblem."[7] The sun below the star and its rays were also removed.[7] In terms of colour, the background inside of the North Vietnamese National Emblem and the silk medal is red, while other motifs such as the rice flowers, stars and wheels are yellow.[7]

After the 5th National Assembly session (September 1955) gave advice to correct a few minor details before the national emblem could be approved.[7] But because at the time Bùi Trang Chước had to accept accept the government's secret mission to the People's Republic of China to draw and paint designs for the new banknotes, the editing of a few details (such as the lengthening of the rice stalks from the base to the sole) was assigned to artist Trần Văn Cẩn.[7]

Following the merger of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam with the Republic of South Vietnam on 2 July 1976, a slightly modified version was adopted by the newly established Socialist Republic of Vietnam.[8] The new version replaced the wording "Việt Nam Dân chủ Cộng hòa" with "Cộng hòa Xã hội chủ nghĩa Việt Nam".

In 2007 a representative of the National Assembly of Vietnam, the artist Trần Khánh Chương, commented that the printing process of Vietnam's national emblems featured too many errors and problems,[9] resulting in many inaccurate "versions". Notable errors included: the rice corn is too big (just like the wheat corn), the gear only has 6 teeth instead of 10, the circles inside the gear are not accurate, and the space between the rice corn appears uneven.[10]

OthersEdit

The coat of arms of the State of Vietnam (which after the 1954 Geneva Agreements became known as "South Vietnam") featured a blue dragon (a symbol of the Nguyễn dynasty) on an escutcheon (shield) of yellow and red stripes.[11]

ListEdit

Historical heraldry
Symbol Use Duration Description
Ancient period
  Bronze drum of Văn Lang (Đông Sơn culture), attributed to the mythical Hồng Bàng dynasty. 600 BCE or earlier–258 BCE The patterns on the Đông Sơn drums bear a realistic style and show stilted houses, dancing people, people pounding rice, beating drums, and sailing, together with animals and birds. The scenes depict daily life of ancient Việt and reflect the contemporary artistic talent and mind.[a]
  Imperial seal of Emperor Văn of Nam Việt. 137 BCE–124 BCE The inscription Văn đế hành tỉ (文帝行璽) written in seal script.
Imperial Vietnam
  Seal of the Nguyễn lords, later imperial seal of the Nguyễn dynasty. 1709—1777, 1780—1802
(Nguyễn lords)
1802—1846
(Nguyễn dynasty)[12]
The inscription Đại Việt quốc Nguyễn Chúa vĩnh trấn chi bảo (大越國阮𪐴永鎮之寶, "Seal of the eternal government of the Nguyễn Lords of the Kingdom of Great(er) Viêt") written in seal script.[12][13]
  Imperial seal of the Tây Sơn dynasty. The inscription Triều đường chi ấn (朝堂之印, "Seal of the Court") written in seal script.
  Imperial seal of the Nguyễn dynasty. 1846—1945 The inscription Đại Nam thụ thiên vĩnh mệnh truyền quốc tỷ (大南受天永命傳國璽, "The Great South has the eternal Mandate of Heaven, jade seal for the transmission of the legacy of the Empire") written in seal script.[12][14]
Colonial Vietnam
  Seal of French Cochinchina and later French Indochina.[15] 1879–1954 The Great Seal of France with minor localisations. On the colonial seal a sheaf of rice replaces the traditional French symbols for agriculture (a sheaf of wheat), the arts (painter's tools), and science (burning lamp). On the right side of the seal the branches of oak were replaced by an anchor,[b] and the removal of the Gallic cock on the rudder. Furthermore, and of symbolic importance, the urn symbolising universal suffrage on the French Great Seal was omitted from the colonial seal.
Influences:  
  Coat of arms of French Cochinchina.[16] A blazon shield with many blue triangles, resembling a serrated ribbon typically found on Imperial Chinese and Vietnamese flags, surrounding a black interior.
Influences:  
  Great seal of the viceroy of the French protectorate of Tonkin.[17][18] 1886–1897 The inscription Khâm sai đại thần quan phòng (欽差大臣關防, "Quan phòng (seal) of the Imperial Commissioner") written in seal script.
  Coat of arms of the French protectorate of Annam.[19] A sword per fess charged with the ramparts of the Purple Forbidden City in Huế, inscribed with two Traditional Chinese characters (大南) and supported by a single Vietnamese dragon.
  Variant coat of arms of the French protectorate of Annam. A golden five-clawed dragon positioned affronté.
  Personal coat of arms of Emperor Bảo Đại.[20] A sword per fess charged with the ramparts of the Purple Forbidden City in Huế, inscribed with two Traditional Chinese characters (保大) and supported by a single Vietnamese dragon.
Influences:  
  Emblem of the Government-General of French Indochina. The letters GGI standing for "Gouvernement général de l'Indochine".
  The Vietnamese-style seal of the Government-General of French Indochina. The inscription Đại Pháp Quốc Khâm mệnh Tổng thống Đông Dương Toàn quyền đại thần quan nho (大法國欽命總統東洋全權大臣關伩) written in seal script.
North Vietnam
  Emblem of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. 30 November 1955 – 2 July 1976 Circular in shape; in the middle of a red background is a five-pointed gold star framed by rice ears below which is half a cog wheel and the inscription "Việt Nam Dân chủ Cộng hòa" (Democratic Republic of Vietnam).
Autonomous Republic of Cochinchina
  Coat of arms of the Autonomous Republic of Cochinchina.[citation needed] 1946–1948 Or, a pale Azure charged with two pallets Argent.
Provisional Central Government of Vietnam
  Coat of arms of the Provisional Central Government of Vietnam.[21] 1948–1949 The pale and pallets of the South Vietnamese flag (Cờ vàng ba sọc đỏ), arranged vertically in an escutcheon.
State of Vietnam
  Grand Seal of the State of Vietnam.[22][c] 1949–1954 A seal with the inscription "Quốc-gia Việt-Nam - Đức Bảo Đại - Quốc-trưởng" written in Latin script and "保大國長" (top-to-bottom, right-to-left) in seal script.
  Coat of arms of the State of Vietnam. 1954 – 26 October 1955 The pale and pallets of the South Vietnamese flag (Cờ vàng ba sọc đỏ), arranged vertically in an escutcheon and charged with a blue Vietnamese dragon passant.[11]
Influences:  
  Variant coat of arms of the State of Vietnam as it appeared on its passports (image). This passport design was used by South Vietnam as late as 1957.[23] 1954 – 26 October 1955 The pale and pallets of the South Vietnamese flag (Cờ vàng ba sọc đỏ), arranged vertically in an escutcheon and charged with a blue Vietnamese dragon passant.[11]
Influences:  
  Variant coat of arms of the State of Vietnam. 1954 – 26 October 1955 The pale and pallets of the South Vietnamese flag (Cờ vàng ba sọc đỏ), arranged vertically in an escutcheon and charged with a blue Vietnamese dragon passant.[11]
Influences:  
South Vietnam
First Republic of Vietnam
  Seal of South Vietnam. 26 October 1955 – 1957 Bushes of bamboo growing on a hill.[11]
  Coat of arms of South Vietnam.[24] 1957 – 1 November 1963 Bushes of bamboo and a scroll with the inscription "VIỆT-NAM", encompassing a paint brush and a sword. A coloured version of this coat of arms shows the background yellow, the bamboo green and the bordure red.[11]
  Escutcheon of South Vietnam.[25] 1957 – 1 November 1963 Bushes of bamboo and a scroll with the inscription "VIỆT-NAM CỘNG-HÒA", encompassing a paint brush and a sword. A coloured version of this coat of arms shows the background yellow, the bamboo green and the bordure red.[11]
Influences:  
  Variant coat of arms of South Vietnam used on its passports (image).[d] Bushes of bamboo growing on a hill in an escutcheon with the text "Việt-Nam Cộng-Hòa" inscribed in a scroll above the bamboo and the text also appearing below the bamboo.
Influences:   and  
Second Republic of Vietnam
  Escutcheon of South Vietnam.[e] 1 November 1963 – 30 April 1975 The pale and pallets of the South Vietnamese flag (Cờ vàng ba sọc đỏ), arranged vertically in an escutcheon.
Influences:  
  Coat of arms of South Vietnam as it appeared on the presidential seal that was used between 1967 and 1975 (image). 1967 – 30 April 1975 The pale and pallets of the South Vietnamese flag (Cờ vàng ba sọc đỏ), arranged vertically in an escutcheon supported by two dragons.
Influences:  
  Variant coat of arms of South Vietnam. 1967 – 30 April 1975 The pale and pallets of the South Vietnamese flag (Cờ vàng ba sọc đỏ), arranged vertically in an escutcheon supported by two golden dragons.
Influences:  
Việt Cộng and the Republic of South Vietnam
  Emblem of the National Liberation Front of Southern Vietnam (NLF). A disc of the colours of the flag (red and blue), the five-pointed star surrounded by ears of rice and a cogwheel in base.
Influences:    
  Achievement of the National Liberation Front of Southern Vietnam (NLF). An achievement of the Việt Cộng consisted of a disc of the colours of the flag (red and blue), the five-pointed star surrounded by ears of rice and a cogwheel in base. The disc was supported by six Việt Cộng flags, with three flags on each side.
Influences:    
Socialist Republic of Vietnam
  Emblem of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. 2 July 1976 – present Circular in shape; in the middle of a red background is a five-pointed gold star framed by rice ears below which is half a cog wheel and the inscription "Cộng hòa Xã hội chủ nghĩa Việt Nam" (Socialist Republic of Vietnam).
Influences:  
Other
  Seal of Trấn Tây Thành, the Nguyễn dynasty occupation of Cambodia. 1838 The inscription Trấn Tây tướng quân chi ấn (鎭西將軍之印, "Seal of the general of Trấn Tây") written in seal script.
  Coat of arms of the Kingdom of Sedang. 1888–1890
  Seal of the Tai Principality under Nguyễn dynasty and French rule. 1889–1945
  Arms of Sip Song Chau Tai. 1948–1955
  Coat of arms of the Domain of the Crown. 1950–1955 A dragon surrounded by clouds.
  Coat of arms of the Nùng Autonomous Territory. 1950s A shield depicting a black junk boat sailing on water. The background is coloured green and red and depicts the golden Chinese characters Trung Hiếu (忠孝, "loyalty", "Filial piety").

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The Đông Sơn drums were used as musical instruments in festivals, such as prayers for rain, for good harvest and rituals, such as weddings and funerals, as well as to command in an army. They were also used as funerary objects and as symbols of power of tribal leaders.
  2. ^ The anchor symbolises the fact that colony of French Cochinchina was initially under the supervision of the Ministry of the Navy and the Colonies.
  3. ^ Technically the personal seal of the chief of state of Vietnam, Bảo Đại.
  4. ^ Continued to be used during the Second Republic period.
  5. ^ Also used in military insignia during the Second Republic period.

ReferencesEdit

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