Jarlet with Underglaze Cobalt Blue decoration of lotus petals and arches. Vietnam, ca. 15th-17th C. H.1.75"(4.5cm) x Dia.2.125"(5.5cm.)
Vietnam has had a large ceramics industry serving both domestic and export markets for much of it history. There has been considerable influence from China at various times, but it has also developed a separate tradition. What is known as An nan (Annam) ware was highly prized among tea masters in 16th-17th Japan. This refers to the region of northern Vietnam that was under Chinese varying levels of subjugation from 111 BCE to 939 CE. An Nam means “Pacified South.” In addition, many examples of finely produced export ware from Vietnam are a result of the Hoi An wreck, recovered in 1996, which brought up over 250,000 pieces believed to have been made mostly in the kilns of the Red River Delta region in the mid-late 15th C. These wares were made primarily for export. These blue & white wares are indicative of both examples from the 15th-17th centuries.