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Ewer

Period:
Tang dynasty (618–907)
Date:
late 7th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Earthenware with three-color (sancai) glaze
Dimensions:
H. 11 1/8 in. (28.3 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Gift of Stanley Herzman, in memory of Gladys Herzman, 1997
Accession Number:
1997.1.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 205
Brilliantly colored lead glazes in shades of green, amber, and white, which are known as three-color, or sancai, glazes, were widely used in funerary goods in the late seventh and the first half of the eighth century. The shape of this ewer derives from the metalwork of the ancient Iranian world and illustrates the impact of trade along the famed Silk Road.
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