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Sancai-Glazed Pottery Tripod Jar, Tang Dynasty

Sancai-Glazed Pottery Tripod Jar, Tang Dynasty

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The globular body is supported on three claw feet and is covered in a splashed-glaze of amber, green and cream color, which stops short of the unglazed base.

Date : Tang Dynasty(618-907)
Made in : Henan province
Size : 14.5cm (Height), 10cm(Diameter)
Condition : Good(Repair on the one leg. It's not noticeable)
Provenance : Acquired in 1999, Hongkong
Reference :
1) Sotheby's Paris 21 December 2023 - Asian Arts / 5000 Years - Lot12
2) Christie's Hongkong 4 OCT 2016 - The Pavilion Sale - Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art - Lot3


* Tang Dynasty San-cai

Tang Sancai glazed pottery refers to a type of Chinese ceramic that became famous during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD). "Sancai" translates to "three colors," which typically are brown, green, and cream or white. Occasionally, blue was also used. These colors were achieved through the use of metallic oxides in the glaze, which, when fired at high temperatures, produced vivid colors that have retained their brilliance over centuries.

The art of Sancai pottery is characterized by its decorative and functional purposes. It includes items such as figurines, vessels, and architectural elements. Tang Sancai ceramics were often used as burial items, intended to accompany the deceased in the afterlife. The pieces frequently featured images of people, animals, and mythical creatures, reflecting the Tang Dynasty's cosmopolitan culture and the religious and mythological beliefs of the time.

The distinct look of Sancai comes from the way the glazes melt and run together, creating a flowing effect that makes each piece unique. This pottery is a valuable part of China's cultural heritage and provides insight into the sophisticated ceramic technology of the Tang Dynasty.

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