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15th c. small blue and white jarlet with bird motifs


Code: FL


H: 5cm (2")Di: 4.5cm (1.8")

Dating from the 15th century, a small blue and white jarlet from the Hoi An Hoard (shipwreck cargo) with finely painted bird motifs interspersed with a stylised leafy plant.  The jarlet, now with a chalky glaze from 500 years under the sea, is further ornamented with petal decoration around the 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.