Bottle Vase This white porcelain bottle shaped vase is painted in underglaze cobalt blue. The round body is decorated with rockery, grass, and branches of peony flowers where pheasants perch. Pheasants were appreciated for their beautiful long tail feathers, which were worn in the helmets of generals to assert their rank. Flying birds are painted on the straight neck, which is interrupted midway by a raised ring in the porcelain. Outline and wash application of paint creates shadowing and dimensionality to the subject matter.
The year 1683 during the Kangxi reign (1662-1722) marks the return of the Imperial production of porcelain and the reinstitution of the Imperial kilns at Jingdezhen. A revival of imperial blue and white porcelain resulted in superbly crafted porcelains with well combined body, glaze, cobalt painting, and skillful decoration. Refined blue cobalt allowed for adventurous and varied painting techniques, emulating watercolor on paper.
Blue and white porcelain was popularized in China by the Mongol emperors during the Yuan dynasty (1271-1368). Trade along The Silk Road meant access to Middle Eastern imports, including Persian and Central Asian cobalt ore that facilitated the porcelain production from the 14th to the early 15th century. Domestic sources of cobalt ore, including the vibrant Buddha Head blue, replaced or were mixed with the expensive imported cobalt.
Illuminated Tailpiece for Chapter 37 of the Qur’an This folio from Walters manuscript W.556 contains an illuminated tailpiece for chapter 37 (Surat al-saffat) that bears an inscription in Early Abbasid (Kufic) script.
Vase This vase with dragonfly handles and raised clematis vine motifs is rendered in silver with a “martelé” (hammered) surface and is decorated with colored metal encrustations. This combination of techniques recalls the work of Japanese craftsmen who once specialized in the production of swords and sword accessories. After visiting the Japanese display at the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1867, Edward Chandler Moore (1827-91), Tiffany’s master silversmith, became a leading proponent of “Japonisme.”
The parable of the good Samaritan
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