Al Kowsky Posted July 12, 2022 · Member Share Posted July 12, 2022 I spent the summer of 1967 to the summer of 1968 in Viet Nam with the U.S. Army. My first duty station was at Pleiku in the central highlands, & three months later I was transferred to a Dong Ba Thin, tiny outpost in southern Viet Nam. One of my jobs at that outpost was driving courier or riding as shotgun to several communication centers delivering classified information. On one trip we stopped at an outdoor market in the city of Nah Trang, where I spotted a vendor selling artifacts & knickknacks. The Chinese woman who had the display spoke excellent English told me the tea bowl I picked up was very old & she wanted $10.00 in American money for it. I knew intuitively the bowl was old as she did but neither of us knew anything more about it. I scoffed at the price 🤨, started walking away, & she asked what would you pay? I pulled a $5.00 bill from my pocket & she said OK. Many years later I learned the tea bowl was an early example of blue & white porcelain made at the Chu Dau kilns, circa AD 1450-1500 ☺️. The bowl has a degraded surface glaze from spending centuries in salt water, undoubtedly it was recovered from a shipwreck. During the reign of Emperor Le Thang Tung, AD 1460-1497, the Annamese had a flourishing export trade of pottery & porcelain to Japan & other countries in Southeast Asia. The blue color was achieved by using a paint mixed with cobalt. If the ceramic was over-fired the color would darken to nearly black, as is the case with my tea bowl 🙁. This artifact isn't worth much money, but it has great sentimental value to me. I often drink herbal tea from this bowl 😊. Pictured below are four different views of the bowl. 20 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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