15th c. jarlet - Hoi An Hoard

15th c. jarlet - Hoi An Hoard

Code: FL


H: 8cm (3.1")Di: 8cm (3.1")


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.