Hoi An bird jarlet
Measurements: 5.5 cm – diameter, 5 cm – height
Description: This quaint jarlet of globular form displays a band of alternating cobalt blue “chic choe” birds and grasses, set beneath an overlapping lotus petal collar around the very short and straight neck.
In the mid 15th century a freighting junk loaded with fine Vietnamese pottery sank in an area of the South China Sea called the “Dragon’s Embrace.” Around 1994 local fishermen began finding pottery in their nets. The Vietnamese Government determined that this was a significant find and engaged an archaeological salvage company to locate the ship and retrieve the cargo. Many thousands of pieces of pottery were found – in fact, the greatest recovery of sunken treasure of all time. The best pieces are in the museums of Vietnam. The larger, fine pieces were auctioned in the world’s major auction houses, in London, Paris, New York, San Francisco, etc.
Reference: Butterfields, Treasures From The Hoi An Hoard - Important Vietnamese Ceramics from a Late 15th / Early 16th Century Cargo, Volumes 1 & 2, lot 491.
Period: 1450 AD
Condition: Very fine.