Shipwrecked: Tang Treasures and Monsoon Winds

Shipwrecked: Tang Treasures and Monsoon Winds by Regina Krahl, John Guy, Julian Raby, J. Keith Wilson

ISBN10: 1588343057
ISBN13: 978-1588343055
Author: Regina Krahl, John Guy, Julian Raby, J. Keith Wilson
Title: Shipwrecked: Tang Treasures and Monsoon Winds
Publisher: Smithsonian Books (March 8, 2011)
Language: English
Size ePub: 1425 kb
Size PDF: 1863 kb
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Subcategory: Asia

Shipwrecked: Tang Treasures and Monsoon Winds by Regina Krahl, John Guy, Julian Raby, J. Keith Wilson



Part adventure story, part maritime archaeological expedition, part historical look into ninth-century Chinese economy, culture, and trade, Shipwrecked is a fascinating journey back in time.

Twelve centuries ago, a merchant ship—an Arab dhow—foundered on a reef just off the coast of Belitung, a small island in the Java Sea. The cargo was a remarkable assemblage of lead ingots, bronze mirrors, spice-filled jars, intricately worked vessels of silver and gold, and more than 60,000 glazed bowls, ewers, and other ceramics. The ship remained buried at sea for more than a millennium, its contents protected from erosion by their packing and the conditions of the silty sea floor. Shipwrecked explores this precious cargo and the story of the men who sailed it, with more than 250 gorgeous photographs and essays by international experts in Arab ship-building methods, pan-Asian maritime trade, ceramics, precious metalwork, and more.

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