07 janvier 2019

Hip Ornament: Face, Edo peoples, Nigeria, Court of Benin, 16th–17th century

Hip Ornament: Face, Edo peoples, Nigeria, Court of Benin, 16th–17th century. Brass. H. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm). Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Klaus G. Perls, 1991, 1991.17.49. © 2000–2018 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Benin history, religion, and political structure are brought to life every year in a series of palace rituals intended to purify the kingdom and renew the spiritual powers of the king, the oba. Many of these vivid and solemn rites were introduced by individual obas in order to commemorate events in their reigns... [Lire la suite]
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24 mai 2018

A Longquan celadon 'peony' double gourd vase, Ming dynasty, 16th – 17th century

Lot 374. A Longquan celadon 'peony' double gourd vase, Ming dynasty, 16th – 17th century; 24.5 cm, 9 5/8  in. Estimate 60,000 — 80,000 HKD (6,201 — 8,269 EUR). Courtesy Sotheby's. the lower bulb decroated with scrolling peony sprays, the upper bulb with dense florets, covered overall in a sea-green glaze. Provenance: Collection of Mr and Mrs Jack Chia.Sotheby's Hong Kong, 5th November 1996, lot 653. Literature: Julian Thompson, 'Chinese Celadons', Arts of Asia,... [Lire la suite]
05 mars 2018

Nicholas Grindley at Asia Week New York, 15-24 march 2018

A naturalistic boxwood (huangyangmu) scholar’s object formed as a section of branch carved with two crickets, Chinese, Qing dynasty, 18th century; length, 19.8 cm / 7 3/4 in height  6.8 cm / 2 1/2 in © Nicholas Grindley A catalpa wristrest carved as a qin zither, inlaid with camel-bone roundels. Chinese, Early Qing dynasty, 19th century. Catalpa (qiumu) wood with camel bone inlay. © Nicholas Grindley An adjustable folding yokeback chair. Late Ming–early Qing dynasty, 16th–17th... [Lire la suite]
26 juillet 2013

Some blue and white Islamic 'chinoisries' at the MET

Jar with Lion and Landscape Elements. Iran, first half 18th century. Stonepaste; painted under transparent glaze; brass. H. 11 in. (27.9 cm). Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915. 30.95.160a, b. The MetropolitanMuseum of Art. © 2000–2013 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The centuries-long popularity of Chinese ceramics in the Islamic world continued into the Safavid era in Iran, as attested by pieces like this which were inspired by the shapes and conventions of painting particular to China. Of course,... [Lire la suite]