Ger­man ship­wreck ex­plorer do­nates cul­tural relics to mu­seum

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CHANGSHA: A col­lec­tion of 38 cul­tural relics has been do­nated by a Ger­man ship­wreck ex­plorer to a mu­seum in cen­tral China’s Hu­nan Province.

The col­lec­tion, which was dis­cov­ered in the Bakau ship­wreck, in­cluded 15 pieces of Chi­nese porce­lain from the Ming Dy­nasty (13681644), as well as 23 pot­tery and porce­lain items made in South­East Asia, ac­cord­ing to the Hu­nan Mu­seum.

Til­man Wal­ter­fang, a Ger­man ship­wreck ex­plorer, set up the un­der­wa­ter ar­chae­l­og­i­cal sal­vage com­pany Seabed Ex­plo­rations in 1996 in Ger­many.

The com­pany is cred­ited with dis­cov­er­ing the Bakau ship­wreck, an early 15th­cen­tury Ming ves­sel of Chi­nese ori­gin, near the is­land of Bakau in Kari­mata Strait, In­done­sia, in early 1998, ac­cord­ing to Wal­ter­fang.

Fang Zhaoyuan, a porce­lain re­searcher work­ing with the Hu­nan Mu­seum, said the col­lec­tion was not only a sig­nif­i­cant record of China’s mar­itime trade dur­ing the early pe­riod of the Ming Dy­nasty, but also showed the cul­tural ex­change be­tween China and South­East Asia dur­ing the 15th cen­tury. — Xin­hua

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