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Gold Bowl with Design of Lotus Petals
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The bowl is beaten into shape, with a flared lip and a trumpet-shaped foot with a bearded rim. The whole surface is decorated with interlocking rows of repoussé lotus petals against a ring-punched background. The upper layer of petals is alternated with mandarin ducks, parrots, geese, foxes, roebuck, deer, and rabbits, while the lower layer is filled by vine scrolls. The ring foot is decorated with a band of rhomboid designs, and flying birds. Flowing clouds are engraved in the inner side of the foot. Three Chinese characters “9.3 liang (approximately 370 grams)” are written in black on the inside cavetto of the bowl.

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
Gold 
Measurements
Diameter of rim: 13.5 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
Grave gift 
Acquisition
Excavated in 1970 from a Tang Dynasty hoard, Hejiacun village, Xi'an City. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Shaanxi History Museum 
Museum
Shaanxi History Museum 
Credit line
 

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