Shipwreck treasures displayed at gallery

Pieces hundreds of years old salvaged from Asian wrecks

A vase from the wreck of the Hoi An

A vase from the wreck of the Hoi An

A collection of 15th to 19th century Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese ceramic and porcelain items recovered from shipwrecks are part of an upcoming exhibit at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

Included in the display are a ceramic teapot and other pieces salvaged from the Tek Sing – known as the Chinese Titanic – which sank in 1822 with a huge loss of life. British salvage operator Michael Hatcher raised about 350,000 pieces from the ship in 1999, after discovering it in the South China Sea. The exhibition will also include videos of selected excavations and auction sales, as well as maps showing the locations of the shipwrecks.

Asian Ceramics from Ancient Shipwrecks opens Oct. 11 and runs through Jan. 2 at the gallery, 1040 Moss St. Call 250-384-4171 or visit www.aggv.ca for more information.

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