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Dating from the 15th century, a small blue and white ceramic cosmetic pot from the Hoi An Hoard (shipwreck cargo). The pot, now with a chalky glaze from 500 years under the sea, is ornamented with a bold and decorative floral motif to the lid which sits comfortably on the base by means of a raised rim. 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.