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  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    700-750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware, with coloured lead glazes

  • Credit Line:

    J. G. Maxwell Brownjohn Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    China, Room 44, The T.T. Tsui Gallery, case 16

This dish is made of earthenware and shows an incised decoration of floral motifs and a coloured lead glaze, also known as sancai or 'three colours'. The shape and incised patterns imitate similar objects in metal. Due to its soft and semi-porous body, this dish would not have been used for eating but was probably made for burials; similar examples have been found in graves of high standing citizens all over China.

Physical description

Dish with three feet, decorated with incised floral motifs and sancai (three colours) glaze. Its form and decoration imitate similar metalwork objects.

Place of Origin

China (made)


700-750 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Earthenware, with coloured lead glazes


Diameter: 28.4 cm

Descriptive line

Dish, glazed earthenware, China, Tang dynasty, 700-750 AD

Labels and date

Dish on three legs
Tang dynasty

Earthenware with three-coloured (sancai) glaze

J.G. Maxwell Brownjohn Bequest
Museum no. C.33-1965 [2007]


Archaeology; Death


East Asia Collection

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