Many years ago, on a friend’s recommendation, I had visited the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore, located opposite the Singapore Cricket Club. I have been wanting to visit again and got that opportunity last week (8 May 2019) when I was on a vacation with family to the Island City. As a family of four, we enjoyed spending the 4 hours+ we spent there seeing the exhibits and learning so much about Asian cultures including Indian culture and religions. Unlike many of the museums, ACM has done a great job on the title card below every exhibit and posters on every hall, they explain clearly about the item we are seeing, the history and significance. There are no restrictions on taking photographs, so I had shot over two hundred pictures.
[Three-Dimensional Virtual Display of Ceramics]
Fishermen make a remarkable discovery: From September to October 1998 some 60,000 objects (Ceramic Bowls) were retrieved from a shipwreck near Java Sea. The ceramics had been produced in China during the Tang dynasty (618-907).
Thousands of ceramic bowls were tightly coiled inside storage jars. About 130 bowls were packed in each jar, cushioned by straw. This packing method and the silt of the seabed protected most of the ceramics against damage. The ship’s 70,000 ceramics weighed about 25 tons.
Several thousands of these objects are in display at ACM, Singapore and it was fascinating to see how it they are.