Posted 7 years ago
This is a rice bowl salvaged form the Tek Sing ship wreck. The Tek Sing was a large three-masted Chinese junk which sank in 1822 in the South China Sea. The vessel was 50 meters in length, 10 meters wide and weighed about a thousand tons. The ship was manned by a crew of 200 and had approx. 1600 passengers and a large cargo of porcelain goods on board. After a month of sailing, the Tek Sing's captain decided to attempt a short cut through the Gaspar Strait between the Bangka-Belitung Islands, and ran aground on a reef, sinking the junk immediately. Only 190 survivors were rescued by a passing ship the following day. The wreck was forgotten until 1999 when it was discovered and salvage experts recovered much of the porcelain cargo.
This piece is a rice bowl in a traditional Chinese blue and white pattern. It has some water marks where it has been below water for so long but otherwise is in good condition.