Tray, Earthenware with three-color (sancai) glaze, China

唐 三彩鴻雁紋盤
Tray

Period:
Tang dynasty (618–907)
Date:
8th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Earthenware with three-color (sancai) glaze
Dimensions:
H. 2 3/8 in. (6 cm); Diam. 11 3/8 in. (28.9 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1914
Accession Number:
14.66
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 207
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.
Edgar Worch [New York, until 1914; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Arts of Ancient China," 2005.