Quatrefoil Footed Dish, Tang dynasty (618–907), first half of 8th century. Earthenware with cobalt blue and lead amber glazes; 4.8 x 16.3 x 16.8 cm (1 7/8 x 6 7/16 x 6 5/8 in.). Gift of Mr. Russell Tyson, 1951.304. Art Institute of Chicago ©2015 The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 60603-640
The sharply lobed silhouette of this vessel was likely inspired by luxurious forms in Indian and Near Eastern metalwork. Its outwardly curved cabriole legs are common to several forms of offering trays crafted in Chinese silver and depicted in painting. In Chinese ceramics, however, this foliate form is known only in wares made exclusively for burial.