Freer Gallery of Art Arthur M Sackler Gallery Gallery Guide Arts of the Islamic World
The prestige of silver and gilt vessels even inspired potters to create new shapes and styles of decoration. Many white stoneware and porcelain vessels made during the Tang dynasty were intended specifically to imitate the shapes and reflective surfaces of silver vessels. These sumptuous articles must have appealed to their owners in large measure for their markedly foreign character. Viewed from a different perspective, they also demonstrate vividly that elite preferences in the design and decoration of luxury tableware and personal ornaments often transcended immense geographical and cultural distances, two thousand years ago.

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