Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.


  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    800-900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with Art Fund support, the Vallentin Bequest, Sir Percival David and the Universities China Committee

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    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.

Physical description

Silver five-lobed bowl with a flat bottom and large spreading hollow foot.

Place of Origin

China (made)


800-900 (made)



Materials and Techniques



Diameter: 12 cm

Descriptive line

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
Tang dynasty

Chased silver

Museum no. M.37-1935 [2007]




Ph_survey; Metalwork


East Asia Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.