The shape of this tripod plate emulates silver trays imported into China from the Sasanian empire (224–651) in present-day Iran or from trading outposts in Sogdiana in present-day Uzbekistan. Both of these regions were linked by international trade on the Silk Routes to the Chinese capital at Chang’an (modern-day Xi’an). The motif of linked grapes and grape leaves in the center of the tray also originated in the Middle East and Central Asia.
On this plate the design was impressed in the soft clay and then painted with three colors (sancai) of glaze. The vibrant sancai palette of green, amber, and white was enhanced by the rare addition of blue, dating this plate to the prosperous High Tang period in the eighth century. This was probably fired at the kiln at Gongxian in Henan province.
Earthenware, 3 color (sancai) lead glaze
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Tripod Plate, 618-907. Earthenware, 3 color (sancai) lead glaze, 2 3/8 x 11 3/4 in. (6 x 29.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, William E. Hutchins Collection, 53.90. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 53.90_overall_PS9.jpg)
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