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Chinese Tang Dynasty Sancai Tea Bowl

Chinese Tang Dynasty Sancai Tea Bowl


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Pottery: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1458838

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An ancient Chinese Tang Dynasty (618-907) tea bowl, dating to around 850-900 AD and excavated in the Luoyang area.

This charming bowl is well balanced and has traces of its excavation inside (please see last photo). The piece is coloured with an attractive sancai glaze of green and orange which stands out vibrantly against the ivory cream slip.

The kilns of the Tang Dynasty broke free from earlier traditions, employing rich, lively glazes, the most famous of which being sancai (three colour glaze).

Whether this reflected a change in fashion or technology is not known, however, Tang glazes are some of the most admired of the entire ancient world. Tea bowls hold a special place in the story of Chinese ceramics, tea drinking became widespread during the Tang Dynasty and remained popular throughout subsequent Chinese history.

The ceramics used in tea drinking were an important part of the ritual and the larger size of this bowl indicates that the used tea was not that strong as it used to be in smaller bowls when the tea was taken as a shot. It is also an indication that this bowl was made just before the transition to the Song Dynasty (960–1279) 60 years later, since during this dynasty tea bowls were generally larger in size than during the Tang Dynasty. The thick glaze and the construction allowed the heat of the tea to be maintained.

Condition: The piece is in very good condition and has beautiful glaze preservation, fine crazing and some rests of excavation.

Size: 6,9 cm height x 11,8 cm diameter.

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