Hoi An Shipwreck blue & white jarlet, ‘chi chòe’ birds, Vietnam, late 15th century
Blue and white jarlet, the neck painted with a lotus petal collar, the body with lively ‘chi chòe’ birds and grasses.
From the Hoi An shipwreck,
Vietnam, 15th Century
5cm high 5cm wide
Condition: obvious signs of being underwater, but quite good despite its 500 year ordeal.
This wreck was discovered by fishermen in the late 1990’s, offshore from the Vietnamese ‘World Heritage’ town of Hoi An. The wares were made at Chu Dau, near Hanoi, where an excavated kiln site of the period matches the shipwreck finds exactly. The ship is believed to have been wrecked in the 1480’s, and was on its way to South-East Asian markets. The recovered goods were surveyed by the Oxford University Archaeological unit, recovered, conserved, and sold in the US in 2001.