Some thoughts regarding the Indonesian shipwrecks celadon wares from Fujian
In the early 2000s, large amount of celadon wares were salvaged from at least two shipwrecks in the Indonesian water by fishermen and other unidentified salvagers. Much confusion and contradictory information were circulated, some claiming that those were genuine shipwreck stuff while others suspected that those were modern copies submerged in the the sea to hoodwink the prospective buyers. The main cause of the problem was that few were able to identify the kilns which the celadon wares were from. For some who were familiar with ancient export wares, they speculated that the items were from the Fujian or Guangdong region.
Since the Tang Dynasty, a prosperous maritime trade had flourished between China and Southeast Asia. Quanzhou in Fujian was the main port of export for majority of the ceramics found in the Southeast Asia region. To meet the ever-increasing overseas demand, since the Song Dynasty many kilns sprouted along the coastal region of Fujian to produce the ceramics for export. Those kiln sites such as those in Lianjiang, Fuqing, Putian, Anxi , Quanzhou, Anxi and Tongan were blessed with bountiful supply of raw materials for ceramics production and ease of transport by rivers and/or along the coastal sea to reach Quanzhou.
Copyright : NK Koh (Oct 07)