Hoi An Shipwreck Pottery

These porcelain vessels and artefacts come from the Hoi An shipwreck, which sank in the late 15th-early 16th century. Hoi An is a city on the eastern coast of central Vietnam which was a major trading port of Southeast Asia, particularly for ceramics. Fishermen discovered the wreck in the early 90s, in the open seas off Cu Lao Cham Island, known as the most capricious waters in Vietnam. The government soon realised the importance of the cargo and got involved, ordering underwater excavations (1997-1999). More than 150,000 objects were found. Ceramics from the Hoi An Hoard are nowadays known to be the most precious and complete representations of Vietnamese artisanship in glazed ceramics.

See our Hoi An Collection page to learn more about this shipwreck cargo.