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Six-lobed Silver Dish with Gilded Design of a Mythical Creature
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Masterpiece

This shallow dish is in the shape of a six-petalled sunflower, with a strange mythical creature standing in the center. This exaggerated creature is a combination of a Western single-animal motif and a Chinese celestial creature Fei Lian, a wind God.

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
Width 15.3 cm. Height 1.4 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
burial gift 
Acquisition
Excavated in 1970 from a Tang Dynasty hoard, Hejiacun hoard, southern suburbs of Xi’an City. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Shaanxi History Museum 
Museum
Shaanxi History Museum 
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