There are several spots in the Imperial City where the architectural details are covered by the colorful mosaics. But the Hué mosaics are made of the ceramics shards. Sometimes the glass is used clearly uncovering that the simple bottle was the source of the material.
The question may arise what was the technology behind this solution. Where the dishes deliberately broken? Or maybe there was some kind of depot with the shards being gathered among the people? Or, keeping the turbulent history of the city in mind, maybe the shards was thats whats left in the Imperial City after several damages?
Recently I found a Vietnamese internet forum where the intense discussion is going on about the history, architecture and restoration of Hué. All in Vietnamese but with plenty of photos which help to understand what is the subject.
I asked about the mosaics and the answer came immediately with a written source provided.
Apparently there was a custom in Vietnam according to which the people of the villages gathered their ceramics and porcelain shards to deliver them later as the material for the decoration of the temple or other building. It was seen as a respect payed to the village´s important place often dedicated to some worshiped deity.
As I understand the people of Hué did the same hence they really had something to pay respect to and to be proud of.
In other words, the shards we see in Hué was once the dishes of the local community. There lost their function but they are still beautiful.
Area behind this gate in the western part of the Imperial City was occupied by the Queen Mother who had to her disposal some pavilions, temple, gardens. photo: Krystyna Kierebinski, March 2012
Closer look reveals that the gate is covered with mosaics. photo: Robert Myslinski, March 2012
Protective creature, detail over the central vault. photo: Robert Myslinski, March 2012
One of the floral compositions on the lower part of the gate. photo: Robert Myslinski, March 2012
Window at the house where mandarins used to prepare themselves for the imperial ceremonies. photo: Krystyna Kierebinski, March 2012
Close up of the window showed above. photo: Krystyna Kierebinski, March 2012
While the shown above details are all reconstructed and restored there as some others probably remembering much earlier times.
Detail on the wall passed on the way from the Throne Hall towards the Theater. photo: Krystyna Kierebinski, March 2012
Shards of the bue-white ceramics with delicate pattern. photo. Krystyna Kierebinski, March 2012