Malaysian museum opens ceramics exhibition

Ceramics from Malaysia’s sunken shipwrecks are exhibited at the National Museum.

Ceramics from sunken ships on display at National Museum
New Straits Times, 27 February 2010

Ceramics found in a Sung Dynasty ship, which sunk off Tanjung Simpang Mengayau in the northern tip of Sabah, will be among artefacts to be displayed at the 1Malaysia Ceramic Exhibition at the National Museum here.

The ship, from the Sung Dynasty that ruled China between 960 and 1279, was among the earliest ship to have sunken in the country’s waters.

Museum Director-General Datuk Ibrahim Ismail said other ceramics to be displayed were from the ship Diana which sunk in 1817 during the Qing Dynasty and another ship which sunk in Desaru in 1830 also during the Qing Dynasty.

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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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