Hoi An Wreck Lobed Jarlet


A Hoi An blue on white porcelain lobed jarlet of good size. This little jar is of flattened ovoid form, with lobed yet undecorated bodies, between jewelled bands. This piece has been officially recorded by the Vietnamese authorities (VISAL), whose sticker is affixed to the base.

Date: Circa late 15th-early 16th century AD
Period: Ming - Qing Dynasty
Condition: Perfect, intact, a possibility of small firing flaws and minor chipping. Some loss of glazing may occur due to shipwreck conditions.


SKU: AH-583 Category:

In the mid 15th century a freighting junk loaded with fine Vietnamese pottery sank in an area of the South China Sea called the “Dragon’s Embrace.” Around 1994 local fishermen began finding pottery in their nets. The Vietnamese Government determined that this was a significant find and engaged an archaeological salvage company to locate the ship and retrieve the cargo. Many thousands of pieces of pottery were found – in fact, the greatest recovery of sunken treasure of all time. The best pieces are in the museums of Vietnam. The larger, fine pieces were auctioned in the world’s major auction houses, in London, Paris, New York, San Francisco, etc.

Weight 70.7 g
Dimensions W 6 x H 4 cm
Pottery and Porcelain




Reference: Butterfields, Treasures From The Hoi An Hoard - Important Vietnamese Ceramics from a Late 15th / Early 16th Century Cargo, Volumes 1 & 2, lot 1869.