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Title

Offering dish with lotus design

0618-0907


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

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


Details


Place where the work was made

China


Period

Tang dynasty 618 - 907 → China


Date

0618-0907


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

earthenware decorated with enamels


Dimensions

4.6 x 18.4 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Mr Sydney Cooper 1962


Location

Not on display


Accession number

EC60.1962



Place

Where the work was made
China

Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Mr V V W Fretwell, Mr L G Harrison, Ivan McMeekin and J. Hepburn Myrtle (Compilators), Chinese ceramics, Sydney, 1965, 19. cat.no. 22

Jackie Menzies, Early Chinese Art, Sydney, 1983, (illus.) not paginated. cat.no. XXXV. See 'Further Information' for text.