The shape of the offering tray on three feet was of Central Asian origin where it was known in silver with repousse decoration. The offering tray occurs often among Tang ceramics. Its flat central surface is always decorated with a lead-glazed design over a white slip. The designs vary but their colours have rarely run because of the impressed outlines of the design and because the pieces were fired flat. The stamped designs on these plates parallel the engraved designs which decorated Sasanian silver. The design itself is non-Chinese, the lotus being a Buddhist motif introduced from India. The lotus and another Buddhist motif - the flying goose - occur frequently in the decoration of these dishes.
Jackie Menzies, 'Early Chinese Art', AGNSW, 1983. cat. no. XXXV
Place where the work was made
Tang dynasty 618 - 907 → China
earthenware decorated with enamels
4.6 x 18.4 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Mr Sydney Cooper 1962
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Chinese Ceramics, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 11 Aug 1965–12 Sep 1965
Early Chinese art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 26 Feb 1983–08 May 1983
Buddhist Art from the Collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 May 1995–10 Sep 1995