An image of Alms bowl

Unknown Artist

Alms bowl

Location
Not on display
Further information

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 of origin
China
Period
China: Tang dynasty 618–907
Year
0618-0907
Media
Ceramic
Medium
stoneware, grey glaze
Dimensions
5.5 cm diam. of mouth; 8.5 x 12.5 cm
Credit
Gift of Mr Sydney Cooper 1962
Accession number
EC61.1962