Dating from the 15th century, a ceramic jarlet from the Hoi An Hoard (shipwreck cargo). The jarlet, now with a chalky glaze from 500 years under the sea, is ornamented with a petal motif around the aperture while the body retains splash traces of the original green glaze decoration. Interestingly a 'ghost' design, now almost entirely worn away, is just visible between the green splashes. The underside retains the label of provenance. Origin: Vietnam. Circa 1450-1500.
During the 15th century, off the Hoi An coast of Vietnam in the South China Sea, a trading vessel filled with ceramics vanished without a trace. It was re-discovered by fishermen in the 1990s. All pieces unique to the cargo were retained by Vietnamese museums for display. The rest was sold at auction.
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