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Purchased with Art Fund support, the Vallentin Bequest, Sir Percival David and the Universities China Committee
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China, Room 44, The T.T. Tsui Gallery, case 19
Silver objects were not as highly coveted in China as in other ancient civilisations such as the Roman or the Parthian, but they became important luxury items for emperors and high-ranking officials during the Tang dynasty (AD 618-960). By the beginning of the 7th century large quantities of silver pieces with exotic shapes and styles were imported along the Silk Road from Iran and Central Asia to China. Chinese craftsmen often reproduced foreign shapes and acquired new manufacturing techniques from Central Asian silversmiths who had settled in Chinese urban centres beginning in the mid 7th century.
The shape of this five-lobed bowl was probably influenced by Sasanian silver items and was also imitated in ceramic.
Silver five-lobed bowl with a flat bottom and large spreading hollow foot.
Place of Origin
Materials and Techniques
Diameter: 12 cm
Silver bowl, China, Tang dynasty, ca. 800-900
Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)
Rose Kerr (ed.) Chinese Art and Design. The T.T.Tsui Gallery of Chinese Art, London: Victoria and Albert Museum, p. 58, fig. 19
Labels and date
Bowl with foliate rim
Museum no. M.37-1935 
East Asia Collection