Hoi An Shipwreck Blue and White Floral Cylindrical Box


A fine, small Hoi An blue and white cylindrical box. The lid features a central flower framed by a singular ring and a continuous band of geometric motifs. The bevelled edge consisting of eight individual petals containing scrolling tendrils. The side is decorated with alternating panels of different styled geometric waves. This box does not open.

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. Single barnacle to the side, dulling of glazed surfaces due to seawater exposure.


SKU: LD-173 Category: Tags: , ,

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.


Weight 80.5 g
Dimensions W 4.4 x H 3.2 cm

Pottery and Porcelain