20 November 2015 – A visit to the new Tang shipwreck cargo exhibition ACM

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The Tang Shipwreck Cargo
in the New Wing of

7pm, Friday, 20 November 2015
Asian Civilisations Museum
1 Empress Place Singapore 179555

The Asian Civilisations Museum has embarked on a comprehensive renewal of the museum, constructing two new wings and one of the wings houses the Tang Shipwreck Cargo.

Members of SEACS are very fortunate to be invited to visit the Tang Shipwreck Cargo and Dr. Stephen Murphy will personally conduct the tour.

Dr. Stephen A. Murphy is Curator for Southeast Asia at the Asian Civilisations Museum and curator-in-charge for the Tang Shipwreck Gallery.  He holds a PhD from the Department of History of Art and Archaeology, SOAS, University of London (2010). Before joining ACM he was a research associate at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York from 2011 – 2013 for the exhibition, Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia.

In 1998, a shipwreck was discovered just off Belitung Island on the edge of the Java Sea. It contained a remarkable cargo of more than 60,000 ceramics produced in China during the Tang dynasty 唐朝 (618–907), as well as luxurious objects of gold and silver. Bound for Iran and Iraq, the ship provides early proof for strong commercial links between China, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East.

As the largest assemblage of Tang dynasty objects found outside of China and more significantly, recovered from the oldest Middle Eastern shipwreck in Southeast Asia, the Tang cargo collection presents an important slice of global history.  It reflects the trading networks that were forged between China, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East more than a millennium ago, as well as the cultural interactions between these regions.

This is a private event open to SEACS members only
Please register your attendance with Marjorie @ email art@artforum.com.sg
Non members are welcome if they apply for membership at the door
Please do register your intention with Marjorie as space is limited