Silver and Gold in Ancient China
March 16 – April 14, 2012
A SMALL OVAL SILVER BASIN WITH RING HANDLE
Tang Dynasty (A.D. 618-907)
with very gently rounded plain flaring sides rising from a flat rimless base, applied at one end with six-petal florettes on the interior and exterior, centered with a loop and loose ring handle on the exterior, the bright burnished surface with widely scattered malachite green corrosion.
Length 4 5⁄8 inches (10.7 cm)
Compare the Tang dynasty bronze basin on flat base with loose ring handle at one end illustrated in the catalogue of the special exhibition organized by the Kubosō Memorial Museum of Art in Izumi, Chūgoku no kyōdō: rokuro hiki no seidōki (Tin-Bronze of China: Bronzes of the Potter’s Wheel), Osaka, 1999, p. 53, no. 108, with caption and discussion on p. 109 where the author states that the rare oval form shows the influence of Central Asian metalwork introduced by ‘Silk Road’ traders.
唐 素地銀長杯 長 10.7 厘米