Tang dynasty (618–907)
late 7th century
Earthenware with three-color (sancai) glaze
H. 11 1/8 in. (28.3 cm)
Gift of Stanley Herzman, in memory of Gladys Herzman, 1997
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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