The Tang Shipwreck Collection, the largest collection of Tang Dynasty artifacts found outside of China, is on show for the first time in the nation.
Called The Baoli Era: Treasures from the Tang Shipwreck Collection, the showcase is taking place at Shanghai Museum from Sept 15 to Jan 10, 2021.
Jointly presented by the Shanghai Museum and the Asian Civilisations Museum of Singapore, the exhibition also commemorates 30 years of diplomatic ties between the People’s Republic of China and Singapore.
The Tang Shipwreck is from a merchant dhow that used to sail between China and the Arab world states located the maritime Silk Road during the 9th century. The ship, which was carrying Tang exports composed of ceramics, gold, silver and bronze mirrors, sank off the coast of Indonesia’s Belitung Island.
The ship, which was discovered after more than a millennium, depicts the grandeur of the maritime trade between the East and the West in the 9th century.
Aside from the 168 objects carefully selected from the collection of the Singapore museum, including rarities such as blue-and-white dishes, the legendary Jiangxin mirror, green splashed white wares, as well as gold and silver wares, visitors will also get to see various objects unearthed or circulated across generations in China. The exhibition is designed to offer a panoramic insight into Tang lifestyles and maritime trade in the 9th century.