On the opening ceremony of “Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation”, President Xi Jinping refers to the one-thousand-year shipwrecks discovered in Indonesia, the Batu Hitam, which witnesses the history of the ancient Silk Road. Changsha Tongguan Kiln also draws world’s attention.
The shipwreck of the Batu Hitam in Ancient Tang dynasty
The model of the Batu Hitam
Salvaged from the Batu Hitam: blue and copper red bowls decorated with birds
Cultural relics unearthed from Tongguan Kiln
In 1998, a German company salvaged a Tang sunken ship in Indonesian Billiton waters and named it“Batu Hitam” or “Black Rock”. The ship is loaded with over 60,000 Chinese porcelains, of which more than 56,000 pieces are from Tongguan Kiln. This surprising discovery annotates a mysterious Marin Silk Road.
In ancient Tang dynasty, Tongguan Kiln porcelains were sent by shipment from Xiang to Yangzi River via Yangzhou port, Ningbo port and Guangzhou port, opened up a Marin Silk Road from South Asia to North Africa. Tongguan Kiln is pioneering in many fields in the world such as inventing blue and copper red glaze.