Tang dynasty (618–907)
Earthenware with three-color (sancai) glaze
H. 2 3/8 in. (6 cm); Diam. 11 3/8 in. (28.9 cm)
Rogers Fund, 1914
The shape of this tray emulates silver examples imported from either the Sasanian empire (224–651) in present-day Iran or the trading nation of Sogdia in present-day Uzbekistan. The pattern at the center of the tray was impressed while the clay was still soft, then splashed with three colors (sancai) of glaze that first appeared in funerary ceramics of the late seventh century. The addition of blue to the standard beige, green, and amber palette dates this tray to the eighth century when that color was first used.
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