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Offering tray

circa 618 CE-907 CE


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Tang dynasty 618 - 907 → China
    circa 618 CE-907 CE
    Media category
    Materials used
    earthenware with sancai (three colour) glaze; amber, green and cream
    33.7 cm diam.
    Edward and Goldie Sternberg Chinese art purchase fund & Asian Collection Benefactors fund 2004
    Lower Asian gallery
    Accession number

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  • About

    This is large circular 'sancai' (three-colour) lead-glazed offering tray standing on three elegant curving feet. The outstanding feature is the decoration of a central stylised floral medallion surrounded by lotus leaves, this encircled by three rings of four-petal floral motifs, a plain cream colour glazed cavetto and a broad rim with two rings ornamented with quatrefoil floral motifs. A noticeable feature is the technique of incised linear outlines for the design elements which allows for a more precise application of the coloured glazes. These designs illustrate the Tang aesthetic and the influence of Sassanian decorative styles. They compare with similar designs and motifs on contemporary Tang metalwork, ceramics, silks and on the decorative elements of Buddhist art - for example on murals and paintings at the Dunhuang cave temples. The underside and the feet are entirely covered with a rich amber glaze.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 2004.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 5 publications