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Title

Offering dish with lotus design

0618-0907

Artists

Unknown Artist

  • 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
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • 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

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

    • 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.