Hoi An Shipwreck small pear shape bottle, circa 1480

Blue and white bottle of pear shape with lobed body, painted to the neck with a diaper border, the lobes outlined. Vietnam, made at Chu Dau, latter 15th Century. Recovered from the Hoi An shipwreck in 1999, artifact no. 188606.

Condition

some light staining, glaze good

Size

6.5cm high

References

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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