The Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap has suggested to the Government that a collection of golden objects belonging to the Oc Eo-Go Thap culture be recognised as nationally precious, according to the provincial People's Committee.

The 49-object collection dates back to between the third and seventh centuries. Several of the object represent the Hindu god Vishnu and flowers such as the lotus and water lily as well as sacred animals such as the cow, Nandin, pig, Vahara, snake, Shesha, snail, Sankha and many others.

The collection is of rare quality, reflecting the height of the Khmer-type culture flourishing in southern Vietnam at the time, said a representative of the provincial museum.

The objects were excavated from 1984 to 2013 at the Go Thap archaeological site in Thap Muoi district.

They are being preserved at the Dong Thap Museum.

The objects are believed to have been offerings to heavenly beings in return for their support.

The province hopes that the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will soon consider the proposal and submit it to the Prime Minister for approval.-VNA