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This unique working arrangement makes us one of the few Internet sellers that sell from own excavation and issues a meaningful Certificate of Authenticity with all artifacts with a serial number.
From the shipwrecks presented here, and the archeology made, we have established how the early Chinese monopoly on ceramic export was challenged in the 14th - 16th century by two rivaling Thai kiln complexes, each making different types of traditional Chinese pottery.
Ever since the ‘‘Ming ban’’ when emperor Hongwu imposed restrictions on private overseas trade, potters at the Thai kiln sites had been working flat out to meet the growth in demand from the Southeast Asian market.
Historical shipwrecks with cargoes of porcelain and pottery are perfect time capsules if properly excavated and researched.
Frozen in time, shipwrecks provide an accurate insight into ancient maritime trade and the goods traded at the time when the ship was lost.
After giving all unique and single artifacts and thirty percent of all recovered items to the National Museum (and assisting with exhibitions of artifacts from each project) we are allowed to sell our portion of the recovery to finance future projects.
The findings from ongoing research and the compilation of The artifacts sold on this website are therefore legally and properly excavated and can be supplied with an export permit from the Department of Museum in Malaysia should this be required.