Later Lê dynasty Blue-and-White Ceramic Cup with Flowers and Lotus Pattern | Vietnam, 15-16C


A cup fired in Vietnam’s Later Lê dynasty. It is probably one of a piece from Hoi An shipwrecks.

In the latter half of the 15th century, when the sea ban was laid in the Ming dynasty in China, Vietnamese blue-and-white were exported to the South Sea instead of Chinese blue-and-white. The exported pieces have a lower base than the ones for domestic, and often fired upside down in the kiln.

There is not much ageing with a very good condition. If the cold sake would be poured, the flower pattern inside the cup will shake coolly that gives a refreshing feel.

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