Sailing the Seven Seas: Legends of Maritime Trade of Ming Dynasty
The Maritime Silk Road in China had developed from the Qin and Han dynasties through the dynasties of Sui, Tang, Song and Yuan, and it entered its golden age in the Ming dynasty. Along the prosperous maritime trade, ceramics were exported overseas during that time. In return, spices, medicines and other treasures from foreign countries were also imported to China by the maritime routes. The frequent maritime trade activities gave rise to the cultural exchanges as well as the development of nautical technologies.
This exhibition is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and Guangdong Museum. Set against the background of sea voyages and supported by the latest underwater archaeological discoveries, i.e. the artefacts recovered from the shipwrecks ‘Nan’ao I’ and ‘Wanli’, as well as Ming ceramics unearthed from Penny’s Bay in Lantau and Wun Yiu in Tai Po of Hong Kong, this exhibition explores the development of maritime trade during this period.