A collection of Song porcelain from the Jepara wreck

In the 1970s, the owners of a furniture factory in Jepara on Java regularly went fishing. In 1977 they found bits of porcelain around the pier. Local fishermen reported that there was a certain area at sea north of Jepara where they could not fish. They wanted to and there was plenty of fish, but their nets kept breaking because of sharp objects on the seabed. The shards were examined and it turned out to be Chinese Song porcelain.

The Chinese Song dynasty lasted more than 300 years and consists of a Northern dynasty from 926 to 1126 and a Southern dynasty from 1126 to 1279. The Song porcelain collection from the waters near Jepara comes from the first Northern period. An investigation has shown that this shipment was probably intended for export to a Buddhist monastery on Java.

During the excavations that followed in 1978, 4.5 meters of sand had to be excavated. Under the thick layer, most of the collection appeared to be intact. Even the shine of the celadon glaze can still be seen on most pieces, the sandbar has carefully embraced the collection all these years.

The Jepara collection Song porcelain is a special collection of utility porcelain. The details are minimalist and formed by a combed decor of a flowing and sometimes deep play of floral motifs, lines and waves. The colours range from teal, celadon, gray and even brown.

This Jepara collection makes it possible to serve your salad, soup, rice or noodle dishes in ‘new’ bowls that are over 900 years old! The collection also includes a different type of objects such as vases, dishes and small round white boxes with lids.

The objects from the Jepara collection can be found under: Provenance “The Jepara Wreck 1998”