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Author: Regina Krahl

ISBN: 9780934686181
Format: Paperback with Flaps on Inside & Back Covers
Number Of Pages: 307
Published: 1 January 2010
Dimensions (cm): 30.6 x 23.3 x 2.5
Shipwrecked tells two stories : of the ship and the men who sailed it and of the cargo, its production and markets.

The vast capacity and technical sophistication of China's kilns are reflected in the number and variety of the ceramic goods found on the wreck, which simultaneously cast light on contemporary West Asian taste. Meanwhile, the glamour of silver and gold speak of diplomatic ties and tribute, although their ultimate destination remains a mystery. Although its long voyage was interrupted, the Belitung ship has opened a route from the past to the present, which are now able to navigate at least part of the way.

The story of the wreck and its recovery combines art, history and marine archaeology to create a dramatic narrative of Chinese ceramic production during the fabled Tang dynasty showing us a China very much at the centre of the world.

Illustrated by over 400 beautiful illustrations, this book will appeal to anyone with an interest in Arab shipbuilding, pan Asian maritime trade and ceramics and metalwork with Tang dynasty China. Part adventure story, part maritime archaeological ex...

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