Vietnam fishermen found the boat carrying the porcelain shipment in 1998, which sank almost three hundred years ago in the South China Sea. The long-boat was heading to Batavia, full with exotic goods when fire broke out on board and the ship was lost due to this at the South Vietnamese Ca Mau between 1725 and 1732. The sank boat was studied at underwater archaeological expeditions by Vietnamese researchers, who eventually brought up from the sea the 130 thousand pieces of cargo. Not only china and pottery were found, but the personal belongings of the crew was also. Bone needles, lights, lock with their keys, coins were found,or for example, or the a huge bronze pot for boiling water- which is displayed on the exhibition. After scientific research of the cargo, part the findings are exhibited in the Vietnamese National History Museum, but the rest was sold at two auctions by Vietnam.
Mr. Zelnik, collector and museum founder in Budapest, began systematically to collect the Ca Mau sunken boat artefacts from all over the world from the first moment. So now he has the most complete and biggest private collection of the world of these porcelains and objects. Almost every type of object appears in the collection of the shipment, brush holders, spoons, dishes with emanil, celadon coated objects, even the brilliant vases and small human figures, which were produced by under-glaze painting.
This high-tech exhibition, citing the underwater world, presenting for the first time the shipwreck porcelain to the Hungarian visitors. The exhibition presents a number of visual effects to bring visitors closer to the fabulous stories of presented on the objects. The technical support is helping to project the patterns back on the artefacts, where they were washed away by the sea water, or showing the small patterns in big visible size. The objects are presented in a way, that is showing the situation of their excavation, cups floating like in water, or showing situations how the objects were used. Some objects are carrying their past - a monkey-shaped stoneware jar, or cups covered by red coral, or on-board fire burned and deformed porcelain.
Ca Mau - a shipwreck porcelain exhibition: 2012 April 14 and June 8 in Budapest, in the WestEnd City Center.
The porcelain is a ceramics, produced at at high temperatures (1200-1400 ° C), containing kaolin. In China during the Shang Dynasty (1600-1046 BC) appeared the so-called proto-porcelain, china, however, in the modern sense was used from the Tang era (618-907). The first porcelains, the fabled beautiful blue and white porcelains of the reached Europe during the Ming era(1368-1644)
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