Hoi An Shipwreck Pottery



Hoi An 1  This porcelain comes from the Hoi An shipwreck, sank in the late 15th-early 16th century (approximately A.D 1490), making Hoi An pottery far older than Tek Sing or Ca Mau pottery. Little is known about the vessel, including her name, so the hoard has been named after the nearby town of Faifo, today known as Hoi An.

  Fishermen from the area discovered the wreck in the early 90s, snaring finds of blue and white pottery within their fishing nets. Taking them to the nearby town would soon prompt further exploration of the waters. The government, realising the importance of the cargo, soon got involved and ordered underwater excavations, which took place from 1997-1999. Excavation uncovered the trading vessel shipwreck, located in some of Vietnams most hazardous seas. The shipwreck was in fact located in the middle of a typhoon zone known as the Dragon Sea. Inside, more than 150,000 objects were found. Produced in the middle 15th century, these ceramics comes from the Hai Duong province (North Vietnam), which is know to be the biggest production center of ceramics and porcelain of medieval Vietnam. At that time, the Ming dynasty in China decreed a ban on maritime exports to Southeast Asia and other countries, leaving the opportunity for Vietnam to foster its ceramics and porcelain production.

Hoi An 2  Ceramics from the Hoi An Hoard are considered to be known as the most precious and complete representation of Vietnamese artisanship in glazed ceramics. They are far rarer than their Chinese counterparts, from Tek Sing.