Chinese crabapple-shaped cup produced in the Yue Kiln

 

Tang Dynasty
Mouth diameter: 13.2 - 8.2cm
Foot diameter: 5.8cm
Height: 6.6cm

The mouth rim and the body of the cup are well curved, like a blossoming Chinese crabapple. The foot is high and flared. The design, originating from "Duoquchang cup" - a gold and silver ware from the Ssnids Kingdom, is of strong flavor of the Western Regions. When the design was introduced to China, it was fired in kilns of both southern and northern China and became a popular style in the Tang Dynasty.

The cup has a smooth and fine base as well as even-sprayed glaze, reflecting the level of the then porcelain firing technics.