Hoi An Shipwreck: covered box
Blue and white square covered box , the top painted with islands within a lappet border, the sides painted with a landscape of treed hills and flying ducks. Vietnam, made at Chu Dau, latter 15th Century. Recovered from the Hoi An shipwreck in 1999
Minor staining & marine growth
5cm wide., 4cm high
This wreck was discovered by fishermen in the late 1990’s, offshore from the Vietnamese 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.