Aromatic resin can be stored only briefly before being exported because it quickly loses its precious scent. This sample was harvested from one of the many species of resin-producing plants in Southeast Asia and was a popular trade item for centuries. It was typically burnt as a devotional offering; sometimes to call spirits, or keep crops healthy. Radiocarbon dating shows that resin from the Java Sea Shipwreck was likely harvested between AD 1215 and 1405, dating the shipwreck to the same period.
Probably 12thâ€“13th century AD
Possibly made in Sumatra
Excavated from Indonesia, Java Sea