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Hoi An shipwreck, porcelain water dropper with sea shell

Hoi An shipwreck, porcelain water dropper with sea shell



Hoi An shipwreck, porcelain water dropper with sea shell

Period: 15th century

Hand painted blue and white peony jarlet from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), recovered from the Hoi An Hoard. A sea shell has grown inside the jarlet which is now too large to remove without breaking.

Height: 6,5 cm
Diameter: 7 cm

Article code: 14-0512

Available: 0


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The Hoi An Hoard
In the mid 15th century a trading vessel, carrying a substantial cargo of high quality Vietnamese Ming porcelain vanished without a trace. In the early 1990's, local fishermen discovered the wreck lying 22 miles off the coast of central Vietnam. It wasn't until 1996 that a four-year project was started, recovering over 250.000 pieces of Vietnamese ceramics. After Vietnamese museums selected pieces for their collection, the remaining part was sold at auction in 2000 by Butterfields in San Francisco.
The fascinating story of the ship wreck and its recovery has been made into a best-selling novel 'Dragon Sea: A True Tale of Treasure, Archeology, and Greed off the Coast of Vietnam' written by Frank Pope.

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