n the mid 15th century a freighting junk loaded with fine Vietnamese pottery sank in an area of the South China Sea called the “Dragon’s Embrace.” Around 1994 local fishermen began finding pottery in their nets. Thus what has become known as the "Hoi An Hoard" was discovered. This blue and white porcelain bowl is from that famous find. It was also part of the original Butterfields auction of Hoi An pieces. The Butterfield's sticker is still on the piece but no matching numbered certificate is included with this particular piece. This pot measures 5.5 cm across the opening and 8.5 cm in height (roughly). It is a very rare and interesting shape. There is a small chip on the rim. However, this piece does have a brown ring around the bottom which is fairly uncommon.