Chinese Tang Dynasty Sancai Glazed Wine Cup with Oxford TL Test
This small cup was made during the Tang Dynasty (AD 618 – 906). It is made from a white pottery and has been attractively coated in sancai (three-colour) glazes of green, white and a golden-brown. The glazes cover the inner surface but fall short of the base on the outer surface, as is usual with such Tang glazed items. In places on the surface is a silvery iridescence, a result of exposure to moisture during its long burial. Diameter 5.5 cm. Although not at all obvious, there is a small kiln scar and repaired chip at the rim edge with associated short hairline.
This cup has been tested by Oxford Authentications, the ONLY testers of ancient pottery accepted by all major dealers, auction houses and museums worldwide, and the Thermoluminescence Analysis Report that will accompany this cup is shown; this confirms the date of manufacture as "between 900 and 1500 years ago".
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