Hoi An Shipwreck covered box, Dragon relief, blue sides, 15th century
Vietnamese covered box of slightly lobed form, the top moulded in relief with central unglazed dragon within concentric rings, within a border of alternating panels of foliage and fretwork, the base with lotus petal lappets. From the Hoi An shipwreck Vietnam, 15th Century
Some original cold-colours remaining on unglazed dragon, some matt glaze especially to the base from being underwarer for 500 years.
A scarce type of box, a small number of which were recovered from the Hoi An. This wreck was discovered by fishermen in the late 1990’s, offshore from the Vietnamese town of Hoi An. The wares were made at of Chu Dau, near Hanoi, where a kiln site of the period matched the wares exactly. The ship was 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, and sold in the US in 2001.