Medallion 1686
This Shou Lao (riding a crane) medallion is the very best medallions available. The motif is well drawn and contrasty. It shows the six character apocryphal  reign mark of emperor Chenghua (1465-1487) in the base.
Shipping weight: 0.75 kg
11.3 cm diameter
USD. 245.00

Medallion 1750

A very good quality medallion with good, thick glaze condition showing a bird on a rock, below a flower arrangement with a butterfly approaching. These motifs express wishes for a long life which, to the Chinese, means: chun guang chang shou referring to the theme: 'spring time and longevity'. All this together connotes blessings for vibrant youth and healthiness and long life. The condition of this medallion is one of the vary best in the Wanli cargo.
Shipping weight: 0.75 kg
Size: 19.5 cm diameter
Price: USD. 145.00
Medallion 1773
This medallion show a grasshopper on a rock with a butterfly is approaching. To the Chinese these motifs mean: chum gung Chang shout referring to the theme: 'spring time and longevity'. All this together connotes blessings for vibrant youth and healthiness and long life. Glaze condition and the contrast in the painting is very good.
Shipping weight: 0.30 kg                              
Size: 10.5 cm in diameter
Price: USD.  55.00
Ming Dynasty Porcelain Shards from The Wanli (AD. c. 1625) Shipwreck
Medallion 1719
A large medallion showing a bird on a rock below a flower arrangement. These motifs express wishes for a long life which, to the Chinese means: chum gung Chang shout referring to the theme: 'spring time and longevity'. All this together connotes blessings for vibrant youth and healthiness and long life. Glaze surface is thick and in reasonably good condition. Small surface flaw  at 11 o'clock
Shipping weight: 0.45 kg
Size: 16.5 cm diameter
Price: USD.  85.00
Sten has spent more than forty years in Southeast Asia designing and engineering various marine structures. His interest in Asia's pottery and porcelain eventually lead to his search and excavation of numbers of ancient shipwrecks. As a championship sailor Sten has extensive knowledge and interest in ancient maritime trade, ships designs and construction. It is these interests and gained knowledge that is the base for all his books and extensive lecturing.

Sten's company; Nanhai Marine Archaeology Sdn. Bhd. works with Malaysia's Department of Museums and Antiquities and can therefore offer legally excavated artifacts from these shipwrecks.

In addition to working with recovering artifacts, Sten has located number of ancient kiln sites in Thailand and in China were his shipwreck ceramics was made centuries ago. He is therefore able to offer absolute provenance on all ceramics sold via Nanhai Marine Archaeology Sdn. Bhd. and, with good conscience sign every Certificate of Authenticity supplied with the artifacts.

The maritime archaeology of Sten Sjostrand has led to major advances in the study of Asian trade and trade ceramics in Southeast Asia.  His meticulous documentation of a series of nine shipwrecks from the 11th to 19th centuries reveals the early dominance of Chinese trade ceramics, a subsequent loss of the Chinese monopoly in the late 14th century when Southeast Asian ceramics entered the market, the basic parameters of the Ming gap shortages of the 14th-15th centuries, and a resurgence of Chinese wares in the 16th and 17th centuries.  Just as important, Sjostrand freely shares the information from his discoveries.  Researchers are welcome at his headquarters where he documents his finds and patiently answers the queries of others.  A lifetime’s experience with the sea and sailing allows Sjostrand to bring new understanding to ancient ship construction, and his voluminous reading allows him to set the ships and their cargoes in historical perspective.

Dr. Roxanna M. Brown
Director.
Southeast Asian Ceramics Museum
Bangkok University, Rangsit campus
Pathum Thani 12120, Thailand

During the excavation phase of the Wanli shipwreck, about 7,000 pieces of porcelain pieces were registered. Only those pieces which retained more than 50% of its original form was registered while all other pieces was considered "shards".  From the 7,000 registered pieces, there were less than 2,000 totally intact pieces with many of them showing glaze deterioration and other defects. In addition to registered artifacts  9,083 kilo "shards" were recovered. This weight was represented by less than 50% intact pieces (to avoid double registration), broken, fragmented and pulverized pieces. These "shards" was then separated into respective types, weighted and compared with the weight of an intact counterpart to find the total number of porcelains originally loaded onboard the ship. It was thus calculated that the total cargo originally consisted of more than 37,000 pieces.  Most of the damage to the cargo  is believed to have been caused by an fire followed by an explosion which is likely to have been caused by an attacking Dutch force. The fire could also have been set by the Portuguese crew trying to avoid a Dutch capture.

Many of the broken plates with intact center medallions, have since been  trimmed and are now available for sale on this page.
Each one of these center medallions has been registered and now displaying its respective serial number on a sticker:

For information about The Wanli Shipwreck or to order the full catalogue about its archaeology and porcelain: The Wanli Shipwreck and its Porcelain Cargo,
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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. 

As such we have precisely located a kiln sites in Sisatchanalai, northern Thailand in which our Royal Nanhai and the Nanyang shipwreck celadon ware was made around AD. 1380-1460. (See videos on: http://www.ming-wrecks.com/photopage.html ) Other kilns was located in Sukhothai where production wasters matched the fish and flower plates found on the Turiang and the  Longquan shipwreck. These unique underglaze decorated wares was made at those exact kilns 600 years earlier!  Our latest shipwreck cargo; The Wanli Shipwreck, of Chinese blue and white porcelain, was likewise pinpointed to the Guangyinge kiln site in Jingdezhen, China. (See video on: http://www.ming-wrecks.com/photopage.html )

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 deliver a meaningful Certificate of Authenticity with every artifact issued with a serial number.

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”

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Medallion 233
A RARE, (reserve painted) peony dish medallion. The peony is the queen of flowers and the flower of riches and honor. It also symbolizes wealth and distinction. This medallion is in perfect condition with good contrasty and masterly drawn motif inside a white border.
Shipping weight: 0.50 kg
14.5 cm diameter
Price: USD.  95.00
Medallion 1802
This medallion shows a duck on a rock with another one approaching. These motifs signifies blessings for a fruitful marriage, since a marriage proposal was made by a man sending a duck to a woman's family as a present. Acceptance of the duck meant acceptance of the proposal. The lotus, shown in different stages of growth, symbolizes purity and abundant offspring's.The medallion decoration is fine and crispy and drawn by and experienced hand. Outlines are thin and the fill-ins are nicely shaded in different blue tones.

Size: 18.5 centimeters
Shipping weight: 0.65 kg
Price: USD. 125.00
Medallion 1748
This center medallion shows a duck below a lotus arrangement. The motifs signifies blessings for a fruitful marriage, since a marriage proposal was made by a man sending a duck to a woman's family as a present. Acceptance of the duck meant acceptance of the proposal. The lotus, shown in different stages of growth, symbolizes purity and abundant offspring's.
Glaze condition is very good.
Shipping weight: 0.40 kg
Size: 10.5cm diameter
Price: USD. 45.00
Medallion 1774

This medallion shows a grasshopper on a rock among a flower arrangement. To the Chinese, the grasshopper is the symbol of good luck and abundance. The grasshopper also express wishes for a long life which means: chum gung Chang shout referring to the theme: 'spring time and longevity'. All this together connotes blessings for vibrant youth and healthiness and a long life.
This medallion is painted with a fine brush cobalt oxide with many shades of blue. The glaze surface is satin and smooth.
Shipping weight: 0.40 kg
13 cm diameter
Price: USD.  75.00
These medallions shows a pair of deer's in a landscape with pine tree and fungus. Deer and pine represent 'ever-green through the ages'. The design conveys a wish for life-long vitality and health. Pine is well-known for its tough endurance and therefore symbolizes long life. The deer stands as a symbol for 'happiness and prosperity' because the word for 'deer' is homophone of the word for happiness and prosperity. Shipping weight: 0.40 kg

        Medallion 1775                                           Medallion 1703                                Medallion 1740                                  Medallion 1731
     Size: 12.7 cm diameter                              Size: 13.4 cm diameter                    Size: 9 cm in diameter                        Size: 9 cm diameter               Price: USD. 25.00                                       Price: USD. 20.00                            Price: USD. 20.00                         Contrasty Fungus motif                                                                                                                                                                                              Price USD 35.00             
These hand painted medallions represents Ming dynasty painting which, as with all Chinese art, is both traditional and symbolic. As such, the Ming dynasty porcelain decorators always included an auspicious meaning and promising omen in their designs. Individual motifs with acceptable popular symbolism are combined to give more complex messages that often rely on homophones and on words that harmonize in the Chinese language. These Ming dynasty messages in the designs are nonetheless universal wishes for such things as happiness and long life or portrayals of Daoist ideas.To read more about Chinese Chinese art-history.
To fully appreciate the painted motifs on below "shards" and center medallions: Click here.

Medallion W-778
This broken kraak dish shows peony flowers painted in 'reserve'. The painting is well executed in high contrast with rich cobalt oxide. This artifact will be delivered with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Shipping weight: 0.65 kg
Size: 20 cm diameter
Price: USD. 105.00
The below Shou Lao medallions are cut from the bottom of large character bowl on which there are four painted cartouches on the exterior, each depicting two of the Eight Immortals. These cartouches are separated by repeated shou (longevity) characters. The medallion offered here feature Shou Lao, the god of longevity, seen riding a crane above crested waves.
Medallion 1745
Another duck on a rock below a lotus arrangement. The motifs collectively express wishes for vibrant youth and healthiness and a long life. The painting is made with a contrasty cobalt oxide covered with a good, thick satin glaze.

Size: 13 cm diameter
Shipping weight: 0.40 kg
Price: USD. 55.00
About apocryphal marks:

The 17 th century Portuguese and Dutch buyers required porcelain wares to have markings of some kind in the base. A letter from the Dutch headquarters in Batavia to their office in Taiwan request in 1610:  "It should be seen to that all these afore-noted kinds of porcelain have under the bottom a blue seal, for about this they (the buyers) are very particular." 

Since the decorators were not allowed to paint the present emperors reign mark on export wares, they painted the mark of an previous emperor. Such marks are very common and always indicating and earlier production time.  The present emperors' reign mark could only be applied to imperial wares ordered by the palace

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Medallion 1749
This medallion shows wild ducks which signifies blessings for a fruitful marriage, since a marriage proposal was made by a man sending a duck to a woman's family as a present. Acceptance of the duck meant acceptance of the proposal. The lotus, shown in different stages of growth, symbolizes purity and abundant offspring's. This medallion is painted in a soft tone blue cobalt The glaze surface is good and smooth.
Shipping weight: 0.75 kg
20 cm diameter
Price: USD.  125.00
Medallion 1803
This medallion shows a bird on a rock below a flower arrangement. There is also an approaching buttery. The grasshopper express wishes for a long life which means: chum gung Chang shout referring to the theme: 'spring time and longevity'. All this together connotes blessings for vibrant youth and healthiness and a long life. The decorations are well drawn, crispy and painted with a contrasty cobalt oxide. The medallion diameter, not including the rim, is 17 centimeters
Shipping weight: 1.2 kg
Price: USD. 135.00
Medallion XXX
A design with wild ducks at a lotus pond signifies blessings for a fruitful marriage, since a marriage proposal was made by a man sending a duck to a woman's family as a present. Acceptance of the duck meant acceptance of the proposal. The lotus, shown in different stages of growth, symbolizes purity and abundant offspring's by recalling the common phrase "from the lotus comes noble offspring"
13 cm diameter.Price: USD.  60.00
Medallion 1710
This center medallion shows a  peony flower which symbolizes spring time. The medallion have a full, glazed foot. This medallion was cut from a 20 cm large flower bowl.
Shipping weight: 0.50 kg
Size: 9 cm diameter
Price: USD. 25.00
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Throughout the history of art in China, decorative motifs were applied not exclusively for their aesthetic value but also their symbolic implications.  Daoism, the main religious philosophy of the time, dwelled on issues of harmony of man and the universe. Images of nature were widely featured during this period. 
The natural world is celebrated with images of peonies signifying spring, the lotus for summer, the Chrysanthemum for autumn and Prunus for winter.  Landscapes depicted on porcelain are inhabited by deer, birds, butterflies and crickets.  There is also a fondness for highly symbolic images of dragons, phoenix and cranes.
Favorites in the Daoist pantheon are the Eight Immortals. The eight-paneled kraak plates (with scalloped flat rims) are decorated with images of motifs traditionally associated with the Immortals - fans, castanets, fly whisk and the double gourd bottle. Buddhist symbols such as sacred scrolls, the Swastika and the Artemisia leaf are also featured.

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Medallion 1754
A nice medallion showing a bird on a rock below a flower arrangement. These motifs express wishes for a long life which, to the Chinese, means: chum gung Chang shout referring to the theme: 'spring time and longevity'. All this together connotes blessings for vibrant youth and healthiness and long life. Glaze surface is thick and in reasonably good condition. There is however some kiln grits aound 7 o'clock

Size: 13.5 cm diameter
Shipping weight: 0.40 kg
Price: USD.  65.00

Medallion 1375
There were very few medallions in the Wanli cargo decorated with traditional symbols. This is one of the best such medallion. It shows a basket with flowers, fruit, artemisia leaf and peaches. By showing these auspicious symbols inside a fence, the decorator convey a message of inner peace. The overall meaning of the decoration is 'to be blessed with peace and prosperity all year round'.
This medallion is painted in dark blue cobalt The glaze surface is thick and smooth.

Size: 18 centimeters
Shipping weight: 0.75 kg
Price: USD.  165.00

Medallion 1717
This RARE and high quality dish medallion shows peony flowers painted in 'reserve'. The overall condition is good, glaze surface is smooth and glossy. The painting is crispy and very high contrasty cobalt blue. All decorations are well executed. This medallion is one of the best available.
Shipping weight: 0.5 kg
Size: 14.5 cm diameter
Price: USD.  115.00

Medallion 1668
Auspicious symbols conveying wished for a long and prosperous life.
85 mm diameter
USD. 35.00

Medallion 1661
58 mm diameter
USD. 25.00

Medallion 1768
38 mm diameter
USD. 25.00

Medallion 1766
46 mm diameter
USD. 25.00
These Chinese characters read: Da Ming Chenghua Nian Zhi " Made during the Chenghua reign of the Great Ming dynasty" (1465-1487)
Medallion 1769
43 mm diameter
USD. 25.00
Medallion 1713

This lotus medallion is cut from the base of a large flower bowl. The Lotus flower symbolize health and a long life. Good glaze and contrasty decoration.

Shipping weight: 0.50 kg
12.5 cm diameter
USD. 35.00
Medallion 1701
Shou Lao (riding a crane) medallion of good quality. This medallion shows a well drawn and contrasty motif. There is a small missing part at about 11 o'clock.  The base show the apocryphal (six character) reign mark of emperor Chenghua (1465-1487)
Shipping weight: 0.75 kg
Size: 11.2 cm dia
USD. 95.00

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A small medallion from a deep bowl showing a nicely rendered peony flower. The reverse show the six character apocryphal reign mark of emperor Chenghua that ruled China  between 1464 and 1487. Graze condition is good. There is a split in the lower part of the medallion which has been mended.
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(The post office has a minimum shipping charge of 1 Kilo. You may therefore add a second, lighter, medallion to your order without additional cost.)
(The post office has a minimum shipping charge of 1 Kilo. You may therefore add a second, lighter, medallion to your order without additional cost.)

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Medallion 1718
A RARE, good quality (reserve painted) peony dish medallion. The overall condition is good, glaze surface is smooth and satin. The painting is crispy cobalt blue. All decorations are well executed and in good contrast.  

Shipping weight: 0.50 kg                                
Size: 14.5 cm in diameter
Price: USD.  105.00
Medallion 1217
Large character bowl which show repeated 'Shou' (long life) characters and four of the Eight immortals on the exterior. The rendering is masterly executed in high contrasts. The base show the six character apocryphal  reign mark of emperor Chenghua that ruled China  between 1464 and 1487.
Various seashells and other marine growth confirms its long stay on the seabed.
Shipping weight: 1.50 kg
Size: 22 cm in diameter
Price USD. 420.00
Shard medallion Medallion-1715
This medallion shows a grasshopper with a butterfly approaching. These motifs express wishes for a long life which, to the Chinese, means: chum gung Chang shout referring to the theme: 'spring time and longevity'. All this together connotes blessings for vibrant youth and healthiness and long life. The lotus, shown in different stages of growth, symbolizes purity and abundant offspring's. This medallion is painted in a contrasty blue cobalt The glaze surface is, thick and smooth.

Size: 19 centimeter      
Shipping weight: 0.75 kg
Price: USD. 155.00
Note that the post office charge a minimum 1 Kilo shipping weight. If you order a small piece you can add another small piece without additional shipping cost
Medallion 036
Very few medallions in the Wanli cargo has the 'chi dragon' (sometimes called the "coiled dragon") decorating kraak plates. This is one of the best such medallion. The Chinese dragons are legendary creatures in Chinese mythology and Chinese folklore. It is a symbol of power, strength, and good luck for people who are worthy of it. With this, the Emperor of China usually used the dragon as a symbol of his imperial power and strength. The painting on this medallion is masterly executed as is the contrast and shades of the cobalt oxide.
The glaze surface is smooth and satin.

Size: 19 centimeters
Shipping weight: 0.75 kg
Price: USD.  265.00

Medallion 1700

An well decorated medallion showing a pair of quail birds (the lovebird) below a flower arrangement.
The quail express wishes for a long life which means: chum gung Chang shout referring to the theme: 'spring time and longevity'. All this together connotes blessings for vibrant youth and healthiness and a long life. The glaze surface is mattish.
Shipping weight: 0.40 kg
13 cm diameter
USD. 45.00
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Deer and pine medallion 9-13 cm in diameter. These motifs conveys wishes for life-long vitality and health
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