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  • Gilt silver bowl and cover

    Fiftieth Anniversary Exhibition

    4 November - 30 November, 2010

    Twelve Masterpieces of Chinese Art, of Porcelain, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Stone, from the 10th century BC to the Yongzheng reign (1723-1735).

    Gilt silver bowl and cover

    Tang period, late 8th - early 9th century

    This 'parcel-gilt' - i.e. partly gilded - silver bowl and cover displays exquisite chased workmanship depicting lotus, pomegranate and other plants.  It is one of only 8 such bowls known to exist with a cover and the only one now outside a museum.  All were apparently unearthed in Eastern Mongolia in 1930.  This example formerly belonged to the famous Swedish collector Carl Kempe.

    Diameter of bowl 24.3cm; Diameter of cover - 24.5cm