The Asian Art Section displays a multitude of artwork and cultural objects gathered
from throughout the world’s largest continent, featuring pieces that reflect the universal
aspects of Asian culture while simultaneously representing the unique characteristics
of each country.
For centuries, the primary path of trade and cultural propagation between the East and West of the Eurasia continent was the Silk Road, which was actually a network of various land and sea routes. In particular, the advancement of shipbuilding technology and navigational expertise opened up the maritime
One day in 1323, an international trade ship loaded with various trade goods, including many ceramics, shipped out from Qingyuan (慶元) (present-day Ningbo), heading for Hakata and Tokyo, but the ship sank in the coastal waters of Sinan, Jeollanamdo. In 1975, a fisherman came across a celadon vase in his nets, and the sunken ship was awakened from its 650-year slumber on the seabed.
The finding of this shipwreck, called “Sinanseon,” not only produced numerous precious artifacts, but also raised global interest in the history of international exchange via sea routes, as well as underwater archaeology. The relics from Sinan Shipwreck provide vital evidence for comprehending trade via the maritime