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sunken treasures


An exhibition of ceramics from shipwrecks found in Pacific seas

Program Events

Saturday, October 6th, 2-4pm
Opening Reception and Talk by Scott Williams, “Lost Asian Treasures: The Manila Galleon Wrecks of North America”
Free admission to opening

Sunday, October 21st, 2-4pm
Family Day, by educator Julie Grundvig

Saturday, October 27th, 2-4pm
Talk by Paula Swart, “Shipwrecked: Treasures and Monsoon Winds, Ceramics from Ancient Shipwrecks”

Cargoes from shipwrecks, filled with silk, tea, spices and prized Chinese and Southeast Asian ceramics, attest to the vigour of trade and the rich cultural history of the Asian region. From the 14th to 19th centuries Chinese junks and Portuguese, Dutch, Spanish and English galleons were among the many ships actively plying the South China Sea, the Manila to Acapulco route and beyond, forming a ‘Maritime Silk Road’.
The Sunken Treasures exhibition presents Asian ceramics from shipwrecks. Known for their beauty and utility, they offer snapshots in time of cultural treasures retrieved only recently from the bottom of the sea.

Presented by:
The Canadian Society for Asian Arts, and the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

September 16 – November 8, 2018
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
Hall of One Hundred Rivers
578 Carrall St., Vancouver, BC