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.
Place where the work was made
Tang dynasty 618 - 907 → China
stoneware, grey glaze
5.5 cm diam. of mouth; 8.5 x 12.5 cm
Gift of Mr Sydney Cooper 1962
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 2 exhibitions
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
Referenced in 1 publication
Early Chinese Art, Sydney, 1983, (illus.) not paginated. cat.no. XXIX. See 'Further Information' for text.