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Offering dish with lotus design

Location
Not on display
Further information

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

Place of origin
China
Period
China: Tang dynasty 618–907
Year
0618-0907
Media
Ceramic
Medium
earthenware decorated with enamels
Dimensions
4.6 x 18.4 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Gift of Mr Sydney Cooper 1962
Accession number
EC60.1962