10 février 2019

A rare incised and slip-painted pottery bowl, Eastern Mediterranean, early 13th century

Lot 98. A rare incised and slip-painted pottery bowl, Eastern Mediterranean, early 13th century; 12cm. diam., 5.5cm. height. Estimate 7,000 — 8,000 GBP. Lot Sold 8,125 GBP. Photo: Sotheby’s 2014 of deep rounded form, with incised decoration featuring a bird in the centre under a light green monochrome glaze, the exterior with a slip-painted design. Note: This type of ware, combining an incised and a slip-painted design, can be associated to both the Egyptian Mamluk wares of the... [Lire la suite]

10 octobre 2017

First Exhibition to Explore the Art of Five Major World Religions Includes One of the Earliest Depictions of Christ

Footprints of the Buddha, Found at Amavarati, India, c.AD 100–300. Carved limestone, H 67.5 cm © Trustees of the British Museum The Ashmolean, Oxford, will stage the first major exhibition to explore the visual cultures of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism as these five religions spread across Asia and Europe in the first millennium. Imagining the Divine: Art and the Rise of World Religions (19 October 2017–18 February... [Lire la suite]
04 septembre 2017

Roman Glass Bottle with Cut Crystal Decoration, ca. 1st century C.E., from the Eastern Mediterranean or Italy

Roman Glass Bottle with Cut Crystal Decoration, ca. 1st century C.E., from the Eastern Mediterranean or Italy. Cut glass © Miho Museum.  This bottle looks like it is a column of crystal. Blown and molded from colorless translucent glass, the bottle was shaped with cut work. Just beneath the mouth area a sharp angled cord was cut around the neck, and then after a brief hiatus slightly below, the cut surfaces begin. There are 12 cut lines that run from the right shoulder downward toward the lower left, and then another 12 cuts... [Lire la suite]
02 août 2014

Lotus Bud Beaker. Unknown. Roman, Eastern Mediterranean, 1st century A.D.

Lotus Bud Beaker. Unknown. Roman, Eastern Mediterranean, 1st century A.D. Mold-blown glass, 8 3/8 in. 2003.320. The J. Paul Getty Trust © J. Paul Getty Trust. In about 25 B.C. glassmakers began to create decorative vessels, such as this cup, by blowing glass into a mold with incised designs. Mold fragments of stone, clay, bronze, and plaster have survived from antiquity. The earliest makers of molds for glassware may have been ceramists familiar with constructing molds for clay vessels. Mold designs often incorporated decorative... [Lire la suite]