After 150 years under the sea, a rare Chinese teapot, which is believed to be part of the treasure that sunk in the Chinese Armada during the Ming Dynasty. The teapot is found with several other artifacts which are all rare and have been auctioned out and are now in different parts of the world.
The latest group of divers who found the treasure trove are looking for a big payday, and this teapot is one of the big ticket items in that lot. This is a rare collection indeed and there’s a lot of history behind it, as you would expect from a Ming Dynasty find.
At first, the divers didn’t think much of their haul, thinking it was just another ship they have found out. These group of divers are professional divers and treasure hunters who have the backing of historians and navigators, who have spent most of their lives hunting for treasures sunken under the sea.
What is so special about this teapot, you might begin to wonder. Well, for starters, it is believed to be the teapot used by the legendary Emperor Zheng He himself, who made a name for himself when he performed amazing feats of conquest, including treasure hunting in parts of the world previously undiscovered.
Another notable thing about this teapot is that it’s made of a rare mixed alloy of gold, titanium and some other rare minerals. Curators and experts have verified its authenticity, so buyers can be assured they get the real deal if they decide to purchase this item. What’s even more amazing is the pristine condition it has been found in, and now fully restored to its former glory, even after more than a century under the deep blue sea.
A feature on National Geographic, shows a full array of Ming Dynasty artifact discovered over the years. This is going to be added to that list in the coming days.