The Tang Dynasty saw the beginning of a new age for Chinese art with the influx of outside cultures and ideas being brought into China. The origins of Tang San Cai – polychrome lead-glazed decorated Tang dynasty pottery – were in the northern Chinese cities of Shaanxi and Loyang. For the most part, the process used varying shades of yellow, green and white. This is why people used to call it “Tang San Cai”. and it earned the nickname ‘egg and spinach’ in the West, although other colours were used. Sancai-glazed pieces were commonly shaped as soldiers, slaves, foreigners, camels, or horses during the Tang dynasty as part of the elaborate funerary rituals.
Tang Dynasty Sancai-Glazed Tazza Bowl
A vibrant Tang Dynasty terracotta tazza-cup decorated in a polychromatic Sancai glaze. The vessel features a concave bowl with sides that slightly extend outwards leading to an overturned, everted rim. The bowl sits upon a conical, stemmed foot with a folded rim. The dish section is decorated with a three-colour glaze; yellow and cream floral motifs, possibly blossom, surrounded by a deep green background.
The interior has a central yellow glaze with irregular curved edges which lead up to the flowers. The base is unadorned displaying the pale terracotta hue of the clay.
Period: Tang Dynasty
Provenance: From a West Country; UK, collection; formerly in a Hong Kong gallery, 1990s.
Condition: Excellent condition. A few surface cracks to the base of the bowl.