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Dish in the Shape of a Leaf

Period:
Tang dynasty (618–907)
Date:
late 7th–early 8th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Silver with parcel gilding
Dimensions:
L. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork
Credit Line:
Purchase, Arthur M. Sackler Gift, 1974
Accession Number:
1974.268.11
  • Description

    The art of the silversmith reached its peak in China during the Tang dynasty, when close ties with Central and West Asia brought in foreign influence in both forms and motifs. The manufacturing techniques also changed from traditional methods of casting to hammering and chasing. This exquisite dish in the shape of a leaf, decorated with flowers and birds in repoussé (hammered from the reverse), exemplifies the marvel of Tang decorative art.

  • Provenance

    Frederick M. Mayer 1898–1974 , New York (until 1974; to Christie, Manson & Woods); Mayer sale, Christie's, Manson & Woods Ltd. , June 24–25, 1974, lot 157; to Eskenazi ; [ Eskenazi Ltd. , London, 1974; sold to MMA]

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