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Title

Alms bowl

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
    stoneware, grey glaze
    Dimensions
    5.5 cm diam. of mouth; 8.5 x 12.5 cm
    Credit
    Gift of Mr Sydney Cooper 1962
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    EC61.1962
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

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  • About

    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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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