Western Zhou period, about late 11th-early 10th century B.C.E.
H. 14 7/8 in. (37.8 cm) including handle, W. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm) across flanges; 1979.100a,b
love this bronze. It's like a mask in triplicate. It is full of the mystery
that in the early stage of human life is incorporated into everything. Everything
humans created, they had a need to put mythology into. It was important
to them to put myths even on the accessory objects, wine vessels, food vessels.
Gods, humans, animals are intertwined-it's how they saw this world. Yet
they were simultaneously fascinated with this vision. Their inner imagination
was what they saw around them-it is mythical; it is reality; there isn't
a distinction between them. It was never separated in daily life. Eating
a bowl of rice is as sacred as going to church. Everything is a ritual.
It's like a container in three parts. You can put anything in it-soup, rice,
yam. Only if you think eating a meal is a mysterious experience, then life
to Lou Guan (active mid-to late 13th century)
Xie An at East Mountain
Southern Song to Yuan period, late 13th century
Hanging scroll; ink and slight color on silk
69 x 34 3/4 in. (175.3 x 88.3 cm); 1979.123
like an etching, extremely sharp, like metal scratched on a firm base, the
mountain, rock, are as if metallic. It's almost like it has this 3D mentality,
the objects-painted-trees, rocks emerge from the paper. Look at those trees.
Look at those dots. It's almost like embroidery, a textile, not brush strokes-because
its intricacy is so strong and precise that it seems almost impossible to
be a painting. You see the tension in this period, the late Song to Yuan
period-like no fat painter's work, it's boney, strong, vital, composed with
a definite edge. And in its layers of transparency, small in the vastness
and monumentality of nature are six ethereal people.
China, Jiangxi Province
Ming period, mid-to late 15th century (probably Chenghua era, 1465-1487)
Porcelain with glaze (Jingdezhan ware)
H. 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm), D. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm); 1979.177
One simple white line. The drama. That red. A burgundy red. I don't know
what to say about it right now, just something very special about it.