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Oval Bowl

Tang dynasty (618–907)
Stoneware with bluish green glaze (Changsha ware)
H. 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm); W. 3 5/8 in. (9.1 cm); L. 5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Dries and Diana Blitz, 2002
Accession Number:
Not on view
As illustrated by this bowl, stonewares produced in the Changsha kilns of Hunan Province during the Tang dynasty sometimes reflect influences from the West. Its oval contours, which originated in Western Asian metalwork, traveled across Central Asia to China, where they were adopted by Tang-dynasty silversmiths. In turn, the Changsha potters have followed the Tang-silver shape as closely as their medium would allow. In particular, the rounded notched rim and raised ridges in the cavetto suggest lobation found in the metal prototypes.
Dries and Diana Blitz , Amsterdam, NL (until 2002; donated to MMA)
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