Ming pottery and celadon wares from the 15th century;
Longquan Shipwreck (+/- 1400)
Based on the cargo volume of the vessel, it could hold more than 100,000 individual ceramics. Surface samples collected from the 'overburden' include Chinese celadon from the Longquan kilns and white-glazed porcellaneous bowls from southern China. Thailand is represented by Sisatchanalai celadon's and Sukhothai underglaze black decorated fishplates. The majority of the celadon wares exhibit a rare pale bluish-green color that is unknown on the Sisatchanalai celadon recovered from the other shipwrecks. The decoration of these ceramics is more similar to wares aboard the Nanyang wreck than to the more elaborate decoration seen on celadon from the Royal Nanhai cargo.
The Longquan shipwreck was located in 63 meters of water, 22 nautical miles from the nearest Malaysian Island. She was loaded with 15th century antique celadon wares of the best quality. The site is only surface investigated but is expected to provide archeology and art history with new archaeological data. The ship seems to have been a rather large Chinese junk seemingly measuring more than 30 meters in length, with a beam of 8 meters. The Longquan is the largest Ming-period shipwreck found fully loaded
Celadons from the Sisatchanalai kilns feature incised decorations. A smaller number of plates shows large tubular support scars, suggesting that the traditional stacking method is being phased out
Sukhothai started its production of underglaze decorated fish and flower plates in the late 14th century and ended, in the 16th century, with paiting star and chacra motifs in smaller bowls.
Chinese white and brown wares
was also onboard the ship
Chinese celadon from the famous Longquan kilns was probably loaded in China, where the ship is likely to have departed.
Well-decorated storage jar from the Thai Suphanbury kilns and other stoneware jars from Sisatchanali. The large storage jar has an volume of 260 liters
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Nanhai Marine Archaeology Sdn. Bhd. was incorporated on the recommendation of the Malaysian authorities. This was done in order to formalize and to expand on the company’s researcher’s extensive knowledge of Asia’s ceramic developments and maritime trade. The company’s researchers have been engaged in the search for historical shipwrecks for more than two decades and another decade researching maritime trade. Most of this work is concentrated to the South China Sea, a virtual highway for ancient shipping linking China to India, the Middle East and Southeast Asia in an extensive maritime trade system. This ancient trade started sometime around the 4th century and lasted well into the 19th century.
Following a successful shipwreck discovery, the company obtain a government permit to excavate the wreckage, and then carry out detailed marine archaeological procedures in recovering the artifacts, mapping the ship's remains and securing other data for future research. After each concluded project and following conservation of recovered artifacts, we search for and pinpoint ruined kiln sites and compare its wasters with the recovered ceramics until we are satisfied we located the place in which the shipwreck pottery was made centuries earlier.
Our arrangement with the Malaysian authorities is such that we finance all operations and train young Malaysian nationals (on our initiative) in maritime archaeology and related research. After giving all unique and single artifacts and thirty percent of all recovered items to the National Museum (and assisting with exhibitions of artifacts from each project) we are allowed to sell our portion of the recovery to finance future projects. The findings from ongoing research and the compilation of reports, books and catalogues are available on these pages as well as on a separate Internet site: http://www.maritimeasia.ws Due to the unquestionable authenticity and precisely dated shipwreck pottery, many International Museums now display our shipwreck pieces as reference material.
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