Tin pots might prove sunken ship's destination

15:54, May 19, 2010      

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One of the tin pots which was salvaged from Nan'ao No.1 on May 18.(Photo by Guangzhou Daily)

A new batch of cultural relics from the ancient ship of Nan'ao No.1 were salvaged and exhibited on May 18, including 2 tin pots, walnuts and other porcelains carrying cultural elements of Han and Buddhism. Therefore, experts concluded that Nan'ao No.1's destination might have been Southeast Asia.

Sun Jian, the leader of the archaeology team for Nan'ao No.1, said those color glaze porcelains salvaged yesterday are more delicate than relics from the ancient ship before, and similar porcelains were found during the excavation of another ancient ship called "Wanjiao No.1" in the sea area of Fujian province.

Such porcelains, according to him, were popular in the European market as well as Japanese market, and most of them came from Pinghe oven in Fujian.

Among the cultural relics salvaged yesterday, there are two tin pots with typical Ming characteristics. Sun said the two tin pots were close to each other, and that might indicate these two things were not the personal possessions of sailors but rather goods packaged for export.

A porcelain with Chinese character of "Fu". (Photo by Guangzhou Daily)

Chen Huasha, an expert on ancient porcelain of the Summer Palace Museum, believed that might be helpful for judging the ship's destination and the identity of the ship owner if the two tin pots could be proved as exported goods.

She said "Southeast Asia has lots of Buddhist countries, and such pot, which could be possible for purifying water, was a normal kind of Buddhist vessel."

At the same time, two bottles with pipe sockets, narrow necks and gourd bodies were salvaged too. Chen noted that such bottles were usually used in pairs as altar wares before Buddhist statues. Due to many Southeastern countries belief in Buddhism, Chen said these two bottles may give clues to the ships destination, too.

By People's Daily Online


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