Hoi An shipwreck covered jar, Vietnamese, 15th century


Blue and white covered jar, delicately painted with band of scrolling foliage & flowerheads beneath a lotus petal collar, a wide petal border to the base. Vietnamese, 15th Century


lid chip


18cm 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 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.

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