Vietnamese Hoi An shipwreck teabowl, flower petal form with blue & white, c. 1480


Superb small wine cup with everted flower petal rim, the interior painted with the phuc symbol meaning ‘wealth’, the exterior with a band of stylized foliage. From the Hoi An shipwreck, made at Chu Dau in the latter 15th century.


some light staining - obvious signs of being under the sea, but in relatively good condition for the 500 year ordeal underwater.....


6.5cm wide


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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