Hoi An Hoard 15th Century Medieval Shipwreck Frank Pope Dragon Sea Brush Pot
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Hoi An Hoard 15th Century Medieval Shipwreck Frank Pope Dragon Sea Brush Pot:
This charmingbrush pot is ofVietnamese origin, dating to approximately 1400 A.D.; a sea salvaged and officially recorded piecefrom the 'Hoi-An' Shipwreck.Bulbous in form, decorated in blue onwhite with the still beautiful remnants of stylized petals around theshoulder of the piece.
This rare ceramic has a wonderful, romantic provenance. Excavated from the important Hoi-An shipwreck. The Hoi-An was a huge, overloaded trading ship that sank in the mid 15th Century, probably due to acatastrophic typhoon. The ship was carrying asubstantialcargo of High Quality Vietnamese Ming export porcelain. We know that the Hoi An wares were produced in Kilns near modern-day Hanoi and were probably bound for the European Market before the ship was cruelly destroyed and sunk 250 feet into the cold waters of the South China Sea. The fascinating story of the Hoi-An and its recovery has been made into a best-selling novel by Frank Pope, entitled Dragon Sea: A True Tale of Treasure, Archeology, and Greed Off the Coast of Vietnam.
In contrast to many unprovenanced Hoi An pieces on the market, this ceramic has been officially recorded by the Vietnamese authorities (VISAL), whose sticker sealis affixed to the bag containing the artifact. The recent ratification of the UNESCO convention by South East Asian countries will effectively put ahalt to all future shipwreck salvage operations. Consequently, legitimately recorded pieces such as the present example are finite in supply and currently represent a fantastic investment opportunity.
Ceramics from the Hoi An wreck can now be found on display in the worlds top museums, including the Ashmolean and the British museum.
Height: approximately 1 inch.
Condition: Very good, unrestored but with minor wear consistent with ocean burial.Authenticity
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