Secrets Of The Sea: A Tang Shipwreck & Early Trade In Asia

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Antiques and the Arts Weekly, 09 May 2017

In “Secrets of The Sea: A Tang Shipwreck and Early Trade in Asia,” running through June 4 at the Asia Society Museum, 78 choice artifacts conjure trade on the flourishing maritime silk route that extended from the Abbasid caliphate to the Tang empire in the Ninth Century. As it turns out, active trading had been underway centuries before the Portuguese had arrived in search of goods and spices.

Curator Adrianna Proser hopes visitors will find the show intriguing, not only for its treasures but for its exploration “of the level of activity and exchange and trade that was crossing a large segment of the world so much earlier than people realized.”

Source: Secrets Of The Sea: A Tang Shipwreck & Early Trade In Asia

Another place to find the Tang Treasures

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Belitung Shipwreck artefacts at the Goodwood Park Hotel, Straits Times 20120209

The Asian Civilisations Museum is not the only place one can find the Belitung Shipwreck on display. You can also see them at the Goodwood Park Hotel!

Belitung Shipwreck artefacts at the Goodwood Park Hotel, Straits Times 20120209

Belitung Shipwreck artefacts at the Goodwood Park Hotel, Straits Times 20120209

Tang treasures at hotel
Straits Times, 09 February 2012 (subscription required)
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Tang Treasures at the Asian Civilisations Museum

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Tang Treasures exhibition at the Asian Civilisations Museum

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


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Tang shipwreck treasures at the Asian Civilisations Museum

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Asian Civilisations Museum, cc image

I briefly mentioned this at my last post about the Belitung Shipwreck – The Tang Treasures are now on display at the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore until July.

Asian Civilisations Museum, cc image

Asian Civilisations Museum, cc image

ACM showcases Tang Dynasty artefacts from 8th century shipwreck
Channel NewsAsia, 23 January 2012
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The Belitung Shipwreck as a symbol of international cooperation

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The famed Tang Treasures recovered from the Belitung Shipwreck are now being displayed to the public (for the first time, I believe) at the new ArtScience Museum in Singapore. The wreck, which was excavated slightly over a decade ago is unique for the quantity of the artefacts recovered and its unusual context: primarily Chinese cargo in what is essentially a Arab-style boat. This editorial from Wreck Watch discusses the excavation and display of the Tang Treasures in the larger treasure-hunting and public interest context.

Editorial: Tang Treasures, Monsoon Winds and a Storm in a Teacup
Wreck Watch International, 13 March 2011
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Belitung Shipwreck treasures to be exhibited at the Smithsonian

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The treasures from the Belitung Shipwreck will be exhibited internationally for the first time, starting with Singapore later this year, and in the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in 2012.

Rare find to debut in S’pore
Straits Times, 27 July 2010
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