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Tea Bowl and Saucer with Lotus Decoration
China, Liang (502–557) or Chen (557–589) dynasty
Stoneware with carved decoration under celadon glaze
Cup: H. 2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm); Diam. 4 1/16 in. (10.3 cm)
Cup-stand: H. 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm); Diam. 5 15/16 in. (15.1 cm)
Bequest of Mr. and Mrs. Myron S. Falk Jr., 2000
This elegant set may represent one of the first examples anywhere in the world of a cup and saucer used for drinking tea. It is decorated with carefully carved lotus leaves. Originally symbolic of love in early folk songs, lotuses are associated with purity in Buddhist art.
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