Tang dynasty (618–907)
Earthenware with blue glaze
H. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm); Diam. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm)
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Samuel Mandel, in honor of Dr. Allan Rosenfield, 2006
The dark blue glaze of this vessel is derived from cobalt, a mineral found in north China that began to be used in the coloring of glazes in the eighth century. By the ninth century cobalt glazes were also used in West Asian ceramics.
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