Hoi An wreck lotus boxes



Measurements: 5.5 cm – diameter, 3.2 cm and 3.7 cm - heights


Description: A selection of lovely Hoi An blue on white porcelain boxes. The boxes are each decorated with an abstract floral motif on the lid surrounded by geometric jewelled border surrounded by the double blue ring around the cover edge. The sides are decorates with bands of ruyi lappets on the lid and petals. Perfect as a gift from antiquity and ideal as a jewellery or trinket box. Price is per each item, please state your preferred item while ordering. Item B is SOLD.


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 2074.


Period: 1450 AD


Condition: Perfect, intact, a possibility of small firing flaws and minor chipping.

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