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Vietnamese Anonymous,
Tea Bowl, 15th c.
Glaze on stoneware
2 7/8 x 4 7/16 x 3 3/8 in. (7 x 11 x 9 cm)

Object Type: Ceramic
Technique: Thrown
Creation Place: Asia, Vietnam
Credit Line: Gift of Richard L. Mellott
Accession Number: 2018.15.1

Until the discovery of the Hoi An Shipwreck of the coast of Vietnam in the early 1990’s, intact Vietnamese blue and white ceramics were rare, especially tea bowls such as this. In fact, Vietnamese tea bowls that entered Japan during the late 15th and 16th century were highly treasured in that country. During the excavation of the Hoi An shipwreck from 1996-2000, over 250,000 intact artifacts were excavated and many, many tea bowls came on the market. Although this piece does not have the official sticker, I suspect it is from the Hoi An excavations.

Richard Mellott


stoneware with underglaze cobalt blue floral decoration

Object Description
Stoneware with underglaze cobalt blue floral decoration Vietnam, Probably Hoi An Hoard, 15th Century. Crazing appears over the entire piece.

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