Period: Southern Song (1127–1278)–Yuan (1271–1368) dynasty
Date: late 13th–early 14th century
Medium: Silver with gilding
Dimensions: Diam. from 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm) to 7 1/2 in. (19 cm)
Credit Line: Purchase, The Vincent Astor Foundation Gift, 1997
Accession Number: 1997.33.1–.6
The forms and decor of this tableware are purely Chinese—as opposed to silver pieces of the Tang dynasty (618–907), when metalwork in China was strongly influenced by foreign styles. The same forms occur in Song and Yuan lacquer and porcelain, while the bird-and-flower motifs reflect the influence of Song painting.