Hoi An Shipwreck jarlet, Vietnamese 15th century
Blue and white jarlet, the neck painted with lotus petal collar, the body with lively chi choe birds and grasses. Excavated by the Oxford University team from the Hoi An shipwreck, Vietnam. Hoi An number 38117. Later 15th Century.
This wreck was discovered by fishermen in the late 1990’s, offshore from the Vietnamese town of Hoi An. The wares are white stoneware, and were made at Chu Dau, near Hanoi, where an excavated 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 (MARE), and sold in the US in 2001. These small jars were found packed tightly inside large jars.