The report documents a fruitful relationship between Malaysia’s Department of Museums and Sten Sjostrand of Nanhai Marine Archaeology that began in the early 1990s.
The sometsuke (blue and white) is most common but there are Karako designs in other colors as well, red being perhaps the second most common.******************************************** MIKAWACHI-YAKI Mikawachi-yaki is actually from Nagasaki Prefecture and is considered as part of Hirado pottery, although it is usually grouped in the Arita catagory. This is the style of painting that has children in play, usually chasing butterflies. I read somewhere (can't find the reference now...should have written it down!! ) that this style of porcelain painting "Karako" meaning Chinese child or children was produced for three levels of social status.Besides 650 full color illustrations, there are drawings, maps and illustrations of the site, both ceramic and non-ceramic artefacts, and ship parts and fittings.One section systematically reviews the symbolism of the blue and white designs, and another gives the historical background for their production in China.This exhibition is commemorated in a special exhibition catalogue. Brown and another article by Sten Sjostrand This book is written by the company’s principal researcher; Sten Sjostrand.
Oriental Art Magazine, summer issue 1997 containing two articles about the Xuande shipwreck and its controversial ceramic cargo. It provides the background for his discovery of ten historical shipwrecks and their excavation.
Rais Yatim was kind enough to write the Foreword praising present archaeological achievements and providing hopes for continued success."The maritime archaeology of Sten Sjostrand has led to major advances in the study of Asian trade and trade ceramics in Southeast Asia.
His meticulous documentation of a series of ten shipwrecks from the 11th to 19th centuries reveals the early dominance of Chinese trade ceramics, a subsequent loss of the Chinese monopoly in the late 14th century when Southeast Asian ceramics entered the market, the basic parameters of the Ming gap shortages of the 14th-15th centuries, and a resurgence of Chinese wares in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Just as important, Sjostrand freely shares bring new understanding to ancient ship construction, and his voluminous reading allows him to set the ships and their cargoes in historical perspective.
This publication delivers the sort of precise data that will stand the test of time and be mined by future scholars for studies to come on Asian history.
Hasami and Mikawachi are actually in Nagasaki Prefecture.