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An image of Alms bowl by

China

Title
Alms bowl
Place of origin
China
Period
Tang dynasty 618 - 907 → China
Year
0618-0907
Media category
Ceramic
Materials used
stoneware, grey glaze
Dimensions

5.5 cm diam. of mouth; 8.5 x 12.5 cm

Credit
Gift of Mr Sydney Cooper 1962
Accession number
EC61.1962
Location
Not on display
Further information

This bowl demonstrates the full, rounded forms of many Tang ceramics. Its shape is foreign, in line with the inspiration Chinese potters derived from Western gold, silver, glass and pottery vessels at this time.

This shape was a new Tang vessel shape that came from India where it was an alms bowl ('patra') which together with a staff and a drinking bottle were the only possessions of a Buddhist mendicant (C. C. Riely, 'Chinese Art from the Cloud Wampler and other collections in the Everson Museums', New York, Frederick A. Praeger, 1969, p44).

Jackie Menzies, 'Early Chinese Art', AGNSW, 1983. cat. no. XXIX.

Bibliography (1)

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

Exhibition history (2)

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