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Wanli Shipwreck Treasure Kraak Plate


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98073 Kraak Plate, £995.00

***Only 2 Left***

So called after the Portuguese for ‘Carrack’ (a type of ship), this very desirable plate features a detailed painting of a bird on a rock in a waterscape setting. The border shows alternate peach flowers and Artemisia leaves.

Diameter 8”.

About the Wanli Shipwreck - When a Malaysian fisherman found a large blue and white jar encrusted with coral in his nets in 1997, little did he know that six years later, it would lead to the discovery of a ship originally laden with rare Chinese porcelain from the fabled Ming Dynasty. It became known as the ‘Wanli’ shipwreck after the porcelain recovered was found to have been made in the famous kilns of Jingdezhen during the reign of Emperor Wanli (1573-1620). Having bought the jar from the fisherman, well respected historian and salvage expert Sten Sjostrand eventually located the wreck site in 2003, six miles off the east coast of Malaysia. 


Little of the ship remained intact, most of the cannon were missing and almost all of the porcelain had been damaged by a huge explosion. Gradually, the archaeology revealed the most likely scenario. The ship was thought to have been Portuguese owned, and was possibly attacked by a rival Dutch ship and set alight. When the fire reached the ammunition store, the stern was literally torn off by the resulting explosion, and the remains sank to a depth of 120 feet.




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