Another Smithsonian debate: Should the Sackler Gallery show artifacts from a commercially excavated shipwreck?

29 Apr 2011 8:05 AM | Anonymous

Another Smithsonian debate: Should the Sackler Gallery show artifacts from a commercially excavated shipwreck?
By Jacqueline Trescott

Changsha bowls and storage jars from the shipwreck. (M. Flecker) In a few weeks the Smithsonian Institution and its Freer Gallery of Art and Sackler Gallery will decide whether to show the rare bounty that was excavated by a commercial enterprise in the shallow waters off Indonesia.

The center of the debate is the Belitung shipwreck that was excavated in 1998 by a salvage company, under the authorization of the Indonesian government. This action has been condemned by some authorities in the underwater archeology field as a breach of scholarly guidelines.

Contained in the ancient Arab ship were approximately 60,000 objects, mostly ceramics from the Tang Dynasty, considered a treasure trove and a window into the methods of Chinese ceramics and the country’s interaction with other traders in the 9th Century

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