AGE: – Early 19th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Pottery
DESCRIPTION: – Chinese Celedon Pottery Desaru Shipwreck – green glaze worn
HEIGHT: – 11.5cm
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Salvaged Chinese Celedon Pottery Desaru Shipwreck lidded box with remnants of shell still remaining.
The Desaru shipwreck was named after the nearby village on the east coast of Johore in Malaysia’s Southern peninsular in 1830. The wreck was discovered by Sten Sjostrand in May 2001 approximately 20 metres below sea level and one metre below the seabed.
The Desaru was discovered by a fishing trawler after snagging its nets on the ships timber, in the process the trawler destroyed much of the ships structure above the main framework.
Most of the ceramics found on these shipwrecks were trade objects between China, Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia.
The Desaru was more than likely transporting its cargo of ceramics to Malacca where there was a large community of immigrant Chinese.
The Desaru is just one of the many ships sunk in the South China Sea whilst transporting valuable cargo such as silver, gold, precious spices, ceramics to and from China during this prosperous period of trade between China and South East Asia.