The passage of time
At the shipwreck site in the Java Sea, ceramic bowls which were part of the cargo sit at the bottom of the ocean covered in sand and marine life.
Along with the ceramic cargo from the Java Sea shipwreck, explores discovered local residents — like this sea turtle — who made the site their home.
Samples to examine
At the Field Museum, the Java Sea shipwreck collection offers these beautiful qingbai samples for scientific scrutiny.
Specimens for comparison
Qingbai boxes at the Field Museum were analyzed by researchers seeking connections to the kilns where they originated in China, more than 800 years ago.
History and Modernity together
At the Field Museum, a tool called a portable X-ray fluorescence analyzer was used to detect chemical signatures in the ceramics.
Examples from other regions
This wide-mouthed jug — known as an ewer — shows qingbai work from the Jingdezhen region.
Hard at work
Researcher Wenpeng Xu examines samples of qingbai at the Field Museum, working on a growing database of the style. His goal: to identify the kilns where the ceramics from the Java Sea shipwreck were created.
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