04 novembre 2013

Devata, Area of Hund, Afghanistan, 7th century

Devata, Area of Hund, Afghanistan, 7th century, terracotta, 49cm. Photo courtesy DALTON SOMARÉ ASIAN ART IN LONDON. 31st October -- 9th November 2013. DALTON SOMARÉ. Tomaso Vigorelli. Phone +39 335 80 88 149 / +44 (0)207 439 6633 - Fax +39 (0)2 89 09 61 73 - Email info@daltonsomare.com - Website www.daltonsomare.com
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04 novembre 2013

Head of a Bodhisattva, Afghanistan, 3rd-4th century AD

Head of a Bodhisattva, Afghanistan, 3rd-4th century AD, terracotta with pigments, height: 48cm. Photo courtesy DALTON SOMARÉ ASIAN ART IN LONDON. 31st October -- 9th November 2013. DALTON SOMARÉ. Tomaso Vigorelli. Phone +39 335 80 88 149 / +44 (0)207 439 6633 - Fax +39 (0)2 89 09 61 73 - Email info@daltonsomare.com - Website www.daltonsomare.com

30 juillet 2013

Head of the Buddha. Afghanistan, circa 2nd Century.

Head of the Buddha. Afghanistan, circa 2nd Century. Stucco and Pigments. 22 inches (55.9 cm). Photo courtesy Dalton.Somare Dalton.Somare. Via Borgonuovo 5, 20121 Milano, Italy. T +39 02 89096173 - info@daltonsomare.com - www.daltonsomare.com
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22 juillet 2013

Symbolism in Islamic Art in the David Collection

Bronze mirror with an animal-combat motif. Ghazna, Afghanistan; c. 1100. Diam: 8.5 cm. Inv. no. 71/1979. The David Collection © THE DAVID COLLECTION The animal-combat motif is rooted in a large number of pre-Islamic cultures in the Middle East, and it is generally considered to symbolize rebirth. The powerful animal lives by killing weaker ones and in doing so gains the strength to survive in a cruel world. Particularly the lion attacking an ox has been seen as a symbol of the beginning of the new agricultural year. Both... [Lire la suite]
10 juin 2013

Topaz

Topaz, Thomas Range, Juab Co., Utah, USA, 2.9 x 2.6 x 1.6 cm. Photo Copyright © Rob Lavinsky & irocks.com Topaz, Sar-e Sang, Koksha Valley, Khash & Kuran Wa Munjan Districts, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan. Photo Copyright © Photo & Collection of Martins da Pedra Hialine crystal with 3x1,5x1,5cm Topaz, Dara-i-Pech pegmatite field, Chapa Dara District, Konar Province, Afghanistan.   Pale pink, transparent topaz crystal, 18 x 18 x 14 mm., Pech, Afghanistan. Ex Willard Perkin thumbnail collection... [Lire la suite]
30 avril 2013

Dish, Iran or Afghanistan, 10th century, Samanid period

Dish, Iran or Afghanistan, 10th century, Samanid period. Earthenware painted under glaze. Size: H: 3.6 W: 21.0 cm. Museum Code: F1965.27. Freer and the Sackler (Smithsonian) Museums. Among the most distinct and impressive examples of Persian ceramics are a group produced during the reign of the Samanids (819-1005) in Khurasan in northeastern Iran, present-day Afghanistan, and Uzbekistan. These vessels are embellished with inscriptions, usually in the form of a moralizing proverb. The inscription on this small... [Lire la suite]
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09 septembre 2012

Hand-cut rock crystal ball encircled by a metal ring

A hand-cut rock crystal ball encircled by a metal ring dates back to the Bronze Age and served as a ritual object in Afghanistan.
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13 août 2012

Young Prince, mid-16th century. Signed by Muhammad Haravi, Safavid period. Herat, Afghanistan

Young Prince, mid-16th century. Signed by Muhammad Haravi, Safavid period. Opaque watercolor and gold on paper. H: 34.1 W: 24.0 cm. Herat, Afghanistan. Purchase F1937.8. © 2012 Smithsonian Institution   After the late fifteenth century in Iran, artists not only worked on illustrated manuscripts, but they also composed individual paintings and drawings that were gathered in albums. Among the most popular subject matter for album page compositions was that of elegant, often contemplative,... [Lire la suite]
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29 juillet 2012

“Worlds within Worlds: Imperial Paintings from India and Iran” @ the Sackler

Prince Shah Shuja from the Late Shah Jahan Album, India, Mughal Dynasty, 1650. Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper. Lent by the Art and History Collection, LTS 1995.2.98 WASHINGTON, DC.- India’s Mughal emperors, who reigned over a vast and wealthy empire that extended over most of the South Asian subcontinent between the 16th and 19th centuries, were passionate about lavish manuscripts and paintings. Between 1556 and 1657, the greatest Mughal patrons—the emperors Akbar, Jahangir and Shah Jahan—formed grand workshops that... [Lire la suite]
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15 juin 2012

Ceremonial Axe Silver, part with gold sheet. Allegedly from North Afghanistan, Bactrian. Late 3rd-early 2nd millennium B.C.

Ceremonial Axe Silver, part with gold sheet. Max. L: 12.68 cm. Allegedly from North Afghanistan, Bactrian.. Late 3rd/early 2nd millennium B.C.
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