Monday, September 13, 2004


Lost for 500 years ... Sunken Treasures of Brunei Darussalam


4 August - 4 October 2004
Temporary Exhibitions Gallery

This evocative exhibition opens a window on the vigorous sea trade that was taking place around South-East Asia before Europeans arrived. The collection of trade ceramics dates back at least to the early 16th century and includes some 500 stunning archaeological pieces such as pots, jars and bowls salvaged from a shipwreck in the South China Sea.

Lost for 500 years...Sunken Treasures of Brunei Darussalam celebrates the successful, and technically challenging, recovery in 1998 of 13,000 major artefacts from the wreck site 40km off Brunei Darussalam, on the islands of Borneo's north-west coast.

The exhibition includes vivid displays on the history of Brunei as a central trading entity in South-East Asia. It also describes the shipwreck's discovery during an underwater oil industry survey and explores the brilliant archaeological recovery of the 'treasures' using leading-edge submersibles.

Entry is $8 adult; $6 concession; $5 child; $16 family. For more information telephone: +61 2 6208 5000.
This exhibition is under the high patronage of the Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam. Organised by Art Exhibitions Australia in cooperation with the Brunei Museums.

The exhibition later travels to the Western Australian Maritime Museum.

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