A charming Hoi An blue and white decorated porcelain box. The lid consists of a central flower with foliage design framed by a singular ring and a band of line motifs. The bevelled edge features a continuous band of alternating geometric squares and scrolling line motifs. A slightly convex rim on the base with a matching design of the continuous band on the lid.
Date: Circa late 15th-early 16th century AD Provenance: From the Hoi An shipwreck, sank in the late 15th-early 16th century AD (approximately 1490). Recovered in the early 1990's. Condition: Fine condition. Some minor chips to the rim, dulling of glazed surfaces due to seawater exposure.
This beautiful example of a porcelain box was retrieved from the Hoi An shipwreck, which sank in the seas off Cu Lao Cham Island during the late 15th – early 16th century. There is uncertainty as to who first discovered the ceramics but it has been agreed that a boat from Hoi An or one of its adjacent fishing communities located the first pieces in their fishing nets in the early 1990s. The Vietnamese government realised the importance of this discovery and proceeded to excavate the cargo from the sunken ship. Roughly 250,000 pots were recovered, 10% of the findings were displayed in Vietnam’s museums while 90% were sold at auctions. The ceramics were originally manufactured near Chu Dou, 3.7 miles from Hai Dong, this was where the largest ceramic production took place in medieval Vietnam. The pieces ranged from simple everyday vessels to exquisitely detailed items.
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