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Some of the gold and ceramics from the Belitung Shipwreck are now at the Asian Civilisations Museum in a small exhibition featuring some of the more spectacular pieces – and some that were not exhibited before.

Tang Treasures exhibition at the Asian Civilisations Museum

Tang Treasures exhibition at the Asian Civilisations Museum


For those of you familiar with the ACM, the Tang Treasures exhibition is located in the staging room between the 2nd-floor foyer and the main galleries. I’ve never actually seen this room used as an exhibition space before and I guess this exhibition was put up after the Smithsonian decided to snub it.

The exhibition hall at the Asian Civilisations Museum

The exhibition hall at the Asian Civilisations Museum

This is not the first time the artefacts have been exhibited in Singapore; it made its debut last year at the ArtScience Museum. Some of the more prominent artefacts such as the bronze mirrors, the greenware dragon ewer and the gold cup were again displayed here.

Bronze mirrors from China

Bronze mirrors from China

Dragon Ewer, greenware from the Gongxian Kilns

Dragon Ewer, greenware from the Gongxian Kilns

Gold octagonal cup with musicians and a dancer

Gold octagonal cup with musicians and a dancer

Slightly over 100 artefacts are on display at the ACM. I could be wrong, but this silver flask was not on display before:

Gilded silver flask

Gilded silver flask

This display which allowed visitors to touch the artefacts was a pretty nice touch too.

Get your hands on experience with somce of these ceramics

Get your hands on experience with somce of these ceramics

This exhibition will be on display for a relatively short time – until 17 June 2012. I note with some cynicism that the artefacts are owned by the Singapore Tourism Board and not by any museum-related agency. I wonder if it means that the purchase of the collection is meant to be a moneyspinner for the state?

For more information about The Tang Shipwreck: Gold and Ceramics from 9th-century China at the Asian Civilisations Museum, click here.

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