Artefacts offered for sale on our web pages are the same as those exhibited in the Malaysian National Museum exhibition: "Malaysian Maritime Archaeology Exhibition"
A Certificate of Authenticity, stating the artifact serial number, its approximate age and from which shipwreck it arrives is issued for every artifact with a serial number.
Each piece with direction to this page is recovered, conserved and researched by Nanhai Marine Archaeology Sdn. Bhd., a company authorized by the Malaysian government to carry out this type of work.
These types of artifacts are further represented by individual pictures in the exhibition catalogue; "Maritime Archaeology and Shipwreck Ceramics in Malaysia" (2002) written by Dr. Roxanna Brown and Sten Sjostrand, the principal researcher at Nanhai Marine Archaeology Sdn. Bhd.
The artefact may also be featured in another museum monograph: Turiang: A fourteenth Century Shipwreck in Southeast Asian Waters written by the same authors as above, published by Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena. California. USA. (2000) ISBN: 1-877921-17-3. This monograph may be purchased directly from the museum. Other books about our shipwrecks and ancient pottery as written by the company's researcher can be found on our Publication page.
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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.
The artifacts sold on this website are therefore legally and properly excavated and can be supplied with an export permit from the Department of Museum in Malaysia should this be required. This unique working arrangement makes us one of the few Internet sellers that sell from own excavation and issues a meaningful Certificate of Authenticity for every (numbered) piece sold. So, if you are interested to purchase some of our Antique porcelain, old time pottery or other shipwreck artifacts from the Song dynasty, Ming porcelain or Chinese blue and white porcelain or the famous Yixing teapots, you can rest assured that every piece is excavated through proper archaeology by our own staff. We do not sell anything that is not excavated by ourselves or properly recorded and researched before offered for sale so every piece comes with the “Best possible provenance” WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO EMAIL OUR PRINCIPAL RESEARCHER; Sten Sjostrand SHOULD YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR POSSIBLE PURCHASE
Nanhai Marine Archeology Sdn. Bhd.
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