AGE: – Early 19th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Glazed Pottery
HEIGHT: – 15cm
DIAMETER: – 22cm
WEIGHT: – 1.85
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Chinese Desaru Shipwreck Covered Pottery Box
Chinese Desaru Shipwreck Covered Pottery Box was assembled by hand from flat pieces of clay. These types of storage boxes and jars were found in abundance around the remains of the Desaru shipwreck. that sank in 1830 with a cargo of ceramics in the southeast of Peninsular Malaysia. The vessel was discovered by Sten Sjostrand in May 2001 on the east coast of Johore in Malaysia two nautical miles off Desaru beach.
From the Yuan dynasty onwards ceramics and pottery manufactured in China were produced en mass specifically for export to Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
he only remains of the ship were from the lower hull, including parts of transverse bulkheads and associated frames, and the mast step.
Desaru Information source: Maritime Asia
Edge-joined hull planks were nailed to transverse frames, to which bulkhead planks were also affixed. The distance between the main transverse bulkheads averaged 1.55 metres. Hull and bulkhead planks were six centimetres thick, the frames varying between nine and nineteen centimetres. The bulkhead frames were made from logs split longitudinally without much additional trimming – ie, one side was convex while the cut side was flat and used to attach the bulkhead planks. These mainframes ended about ninety centimetres above the keel, flat with the surrounding seabed. This height coincides with the two tiers of storage jars (49 and 41 centimetres high) stored inside the hull; the seabed was about level with the rim of the uppermost jar.