Tang Shipwreck Treasures to go on display in Singapore

The Tang Dynasty treasures recovered from Indonesian waters will finally go on display in Singapore at the new ArtScience Museum. Last year, a reconstruction of the shipwrecked vessel was made by the Sultanate of Oman and was sailed from Oman to Singapore. I managed to get onboard the ship when it docked at Georgetown in Penang – check it out here.

Ninth Century Tang Archaeological Finds Go On Display In Singapore
Bernama, 16 February 2011

An exhibition on shipwreck treasures from China’s ninth century Tang dynasty will open at the new ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands integrated resort here on Saturday.

The exhibition which will showcase one of the oldest and most important marine archaeological finds of the late 20th century, is jointly organised by the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Asian Civilisations Museum, National Heritage Board Singapore and the Singapore Tourism Board.

Themed ‘Shipwrecked: Tang Treasures and Monsoon Winds’, it is about the story of a cargo of some 60,000 objects carried from China by a ninth-century Arab dhow, and trade between China and West Asia along the maritime silk route.


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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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