From China to Arabia: Ancient Treasure Ships

Exhibition features

  • Theatre and 6 galleries
  • Over 90 artefacts from Tang to Ming dynasties from the Museum of East Asia Art (UK) and Arabian artefacts from the Bait Al Zubair Museum (Oman)
  • Gold, silver, jade, bronze, fine porcelains
  • Special commission: National Geographic documentary
  • Special initiative: Construction and sailing of 10th century dhow to Singapore

Exhibition period

  • Travelling exhibition: Singapore, Muscat and Salalah (Oman)
  • June 2010 to April 2011


  • 250,000 visitors
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The story of the ancient Maritime Silk Route from early China/Arabia trade to the end of the Zheng He Armada voyages and the rise of Persia, Turkey and the Europeans in the blue-and-white trade. Superb examples of Chinese export wares as well as rarely seen Arabian artefacts. The exhibition coincided with the Sultan of Oman’s anniversary celebrations.

Ancient Treasure Ships
Ancient Treasure Ships trailer
Admiral Zheng He
Jewel of Muscat story