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Gilded Silver pot with Design of Parrots
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The pot was hammered into shape and the whole surface is decorated with engraved designs against the ring-punched ground. The belly has floral medallions, leafy sprays and vivacious parrots at the center. The neck and ring foot are decorated with petals and water-chestnut flowers, while the center of the lid has floral medallions surrounded by grapes, pomegranates, and acanthus. Inside the lid is a contemporary inscription in black: 2 kilos of purple quartz and 480 grams of quartz. This pot is beautifully crafted and the decoration is of a high standard.

History of the Object
In October 1970, a hoard of around 1000 silver and gold objects, as well as jade and other precious stones called the Hejiacun Hoard was discovered during an infrastructure construction at Hejiacun Village in the southern suburbs of Xi’an, where the Xinghua Workshop of Changan during the Tang Dynasty had been located.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Silver 
Measurements
Diameter of rim: 14.4 cm. 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 7th century ~ AD 10th century 
Creation date
7th Century - 10th Century; Tang Dynasty (618-907) 
Function
funerary object 
Acquisition
Excavated in 1970 from a Tang Dynasty hoard, Hejiacun, the southern suburbs of Xi’an City. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Shaanxi History Museum 
Museum
Shaanxi History Museum 
Credit line
 

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