Hoi An Shipwreck: jarlet with birds, 15th century


Blue and white jarlet, the neck painted with lotus petal collar, the body with lively ‘chích chòe’ birds and grasses.Vietnam, made at Chu Dau, latter 15th Century. Recovered from the Hoi An shipwreck in 1999


glaze excellent, small chip to lip




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 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, and sold in the US in 2001.

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