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Leaf-Shaped Dish
Tang dynasty (618?907), late 7th?early 8th century

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Dates/Places: China
Creator Name-CRT: China
Title: Leaf-Shaped Dish
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 667
Creation End Date: 733
Creation Date: Tang dynasty (618?907), late 7th?early 8th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Silver with parcel gilding
Dimensions: L. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm)
Description: Close ties between China, regions in northwest India, and Iran in the fifth and sixth centuries led to the introduction of vessels made of gold and silver, some of which were included in burials as marks of the privileged status of the deceased. By the late seventh century , Chinese craftsmen had mastered the repertory of shapes, designs, and techniques prized in the West and adapted them to native conventions. Shaped in the form of an artemisia leaf with a rolled tip, this rare dish is decorated with floral scrolls worked in repoussé. The scrolls end in leaves and blossoms or enclosed birds. Tang-period foliate dishes are found made of ceramics or bronze; however, this silver dish with parcel gilding is a unique example of the use of the form in precious metals.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 1974.268.11
Credit Line: Purchase, Arthur M. Sackler Gift, 1974
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art . All rights reserved.
AMICA ID: MMA_.1974.268.11
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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