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Chinese Bronzes of the Shang and Zhou Periods
Han Dynasty Bronzes
Early Chinese Ceramics
Sculpture from Tombs
Chinese Buddhist Sculpture
Tang and Liao Dynasty Metalwork
Ceramics of the Song and Jin Periods
Porcelains of the Yuan and Early Ming Periods
Imperial Chinese Ceramics of the 15th Century
Ceramics of the Late Ming Period
Qing Dynasty Porcelain
Landscape Painting in China
Jade and Lacquer in China
Stem Cup
North China; Tang period (618-906), about late 7th - early 8th century
Silver with embossing, chasing, engraving, and microscopic traces of gilding
H. 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm); D. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm)
Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection of Asian Art
Both the shape and the techniques used to fashion this cup have been traced to the metal work of Iran and Sogdiana (centered in present-day Uzbekistan). On the embossed lobes, flowering vines alternate with birds in a stylized landscape. The stem cup was to remain in constant use in Chinese culture, and ceramic examples were often used in shrines and family altars.
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