Desaru Treasure Starburst Dish
96230 Starburst Dish, £375.00
The Desaru shipwreck was discovered by Sten Sjostrand in May 2001, lying of the Malyasian coast at a depth of 60 feet. Buried in thick silt, its porcelain cargo had been protected for over 170 years. Sten has discovered nine shipwrecks, and works very closely with the Malaysian government during each archaeological excavation. He is a highly respected expert on maritime archaeology and South East Asian ceramics.
The unidentified wreck has been Desaru, after the village nearby. She is thought to have been sailing to the port of Malacca, and there is some evidence of fire, which may indicate the involvement of pirates - who were prevalent at the time - in her sinking. A merchant's seal was found with the porcelain, and it is thought he may have been taking the stock to set up his own shop. Most of the porcelain was made in Jingdezhen and Yixing, both famed for their high quality.
This large dish is delicately decorated with a stylised chrysanthemums and scroll motifs. The chrysanthemum is a symbol of autumn and friendship, and is associated with a life of ease and retirement.
Diameter 10½". Accompanied with a certificate of authenticity. Stocks are strictly limited - ONLY ONE LEFT. This is a rare opportunity; buy while you can!
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