16th century Chinese bronze found in shipwreck off Mexico

A 16th century Chinese bronze in the form of a Foo Dog has been found off the Pacific coast of Baja, Mexico. The artifact is believed to come from the cargo of the galleon San Felipe which disappeared in 1576.

The galleon had left the Phillipines laden with Ming Dyansty Chinese goods and was headed to Acapulco, then the Viceroyalty of New Spain. 18th century Jesuit missionaries wrote about native residents bringing them similar objects.

Researches have been collecting artifacts from the wreck for 12 years.