Period: Tang dynasty (618–907)
Date: late 7th–first half of the 8th century
Medium: Earthenware with three-color (sancai) glaze
Dimensions: H. 12 3/4 in. (32.5 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Stanley Herzman, in memory of Adele Herzman, 1991
Accession Number: 1991.253.4
The shape of either Western Asian or Central Asian metalwork could have provided the model for this Tang-dynasty earthenware ewer. However, the attachment of its elongated handle to the mouth rim rather than the body indicates a Central Asian—specifically, Sogdian—prototype. The mounted archer shooting over his shoulder, the so-called "Parthian shot," can be found in the Western ornamental lexicon.