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15th c. blue and white cosmetic box - Hoi An Hoard


Code: FL


H: 4cm (1.6")Di: 6cm (2.4")

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.