Offering dish with lotus design
- 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: Tang dynasty 618–907
- earthenware decorated with enamels
- 4.6 x 18.4 cm
- Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
- Gift of Mr Sydney Cooper 1962
- Accession number