13 September 2006 () – A marine archaeologist is retiring with a bang! Sten Sjostrand of Nanhai Marine Archaeology Sdn Bhd is having a sale of artefacts collected from nine shipwrecks over 35 years. Nanhai made the news a couple of months ago by recycling their ceramic finds as jewellery.
A large number artefacts recovered from nine historical shipwrecks off the coasts of Malaysia, spanning more than 1,000 years, will be on display and put up for sale at Aquaria, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre here next month.
The month-long event starting from Oct 1, will offer for sale items such as urns, bowls, bronze gongs, plates, Ming blue and white china with dragon and phoenix motifs, gourd bottles, Qing blue and white porcelain from the famous kilns in Jingdezhen, and teapots from Jiangsu, China…
Sjostrand, who is passionate about his work, said he would not be a mere antique dealer at the sale and exhibition but also a marine archaeologist, a profession that was unheard of in the country before, giving guided tours to visitors to the exhibition.
The complimentary guided tours will be held at the multi-purpose hall of the Aquaria every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm and 5pm.
Sjostrand, who hinted that the sale of the Chinese artefacts would probably be his last in this country before holding a small auction in China and then retiring in Bahamas, felt he had done his part to serve this country by giving on-site training to local museum personnel on marine archaeology throughout the years.
Shipwrecks and Sunken Treasure in Southeast Asia by T. Wells