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Art Gallery of WA: Treasure Ships: Art in the Age of Spices

Published : October 12, 2015

Take a glimpse into the time of exploration and discovery in the 1500s to early 1800s through the spectacular and exotic art presenting the stories of the spice trade and markets, slave trade and shipwrecks at the Art Gallery of WA's latest exciting exhibition.

Japan, Dutch trading ship in Japanese waters, c.1870, four-panel screen, opaque watercolour, ink and gold on paper, 67.5 x 138.0 x 11.0 cm; Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth, 2006.004 


Treasure Ships: Art in the Age of Spices


If you have a little wanderlust and get excited about learning about the history of the cultural exchange between East and West, then this exhibition is for you!

Treasure Ships is showcasing over 250 items from the period 1500s to early 1800s including ceramics, decorative arts, furniture, maps, metalware, paintings, prints and textiles from public and private collections in Australia, India, Portugal, Singapore and the United States. The pieces give a glimpse into the world at a time when the oceans were superhighways enabling the trade of spices, culture, beautiful fabrics and more.

A highlight of the exhibition is the shipwreck artefacts retrieved from the Batavia and the Gilt Dragon, which sank off the Western Australian coast in the seventeenth century. As well as a large scale 16th century portrait of Francisco de Almeida, the first Portuguese viceroy of the state of India, on loan from the National Museum of Ancient Art (Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga), Lisbon.

When: 10 October 2015 – 31 January 2016

Entry Cost: Adult $15, Concession $12

Free tours run at 2pm Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun from 14 October


And as a bonus, every ticket purchaser goes in the draw for a trip for four to Singapore!

Visit www.treasureships.com.au for more information.

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