4.6 x 18.4 cm
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
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.
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