MARITIME EXPLORATIONS
Jade Dragon Wreck

 

Fishermen recently found a wreck off the northern-most tip of Borneo. Maritime Explorations surveyed the site under license to the Sabah Museum within 3 months of the initial discovery. It was found to be fully looted, a phenomenon that is becoming increasingly frequent.

Despite the looting there were enough ship's timbers remaining to identify the wreck as a SE Asian lashed-lug ship. The earliest known example dates to the 3rd century AD. The Jade Dragon wreck is the latest, dating to around 1300 AD based on the ceramic finds.

This is the first recorded wreck with an exclusive cargo of Longquan celadon. Celadon was initially made to emulate jade. The most spectacular pieces found on the wreck are dragon-decorated chargers. Hence the wreck name, Jade Dragon.

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A rare stack of intact Longquan celadon.

Stone anchor stock for a SE Asian anchor.

 

Iron concretion made up of blades.

 

Two unusual Chinese bronze mirrors.

 

Wooden kris handle?

 

Lead-glazed kendi.

 

Dragon design on a Longquan charger.

 

Longquan jarlets.

 

Longquan twin-fish dish.

 

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