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Lobed Dish

9th century

Porcelain (Ding ware)

1 3/4 × 6 1/4 in. (4.45 × 15.88 cm)
Edward H. Dunlap, B.A. 1934, Fund
1983.68
The shape of this dish derives from silver and attests to the influence of domestic and imported metalwork in China during the Tang dynasty. Small white dishes such as this example were traded by land and sea to West Asia and had a profound impact on early Islamic ceramics. Valued for their similarity to pearls, Chinese white wares were imitated at ceramic centers in Basra (present-day Iraq) and elsewhere.
Geography: 
China
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Chinese
Period: 
Tang dynasty (618–907 C.E.)
Classification: 
Containers - Ceramics
Provenance: 

Purchased by the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 1983

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