25 décembre 2010

Textiles in "The world of Kubilai Khan" @ Metropolitan Museum, New York

Tapestry with Dragons and Flowers, 11th–12th century, Eastern Central Asia. Silk tapestry; 21 x 13 in. (53.3 x 33 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Fletcher Fund, 1987 (1987.275) The treatment of both the dragon and the background of this silk tapestry is typical of Central Asia, where motifs enjoyed great longevity and creative recombination. The form of the dragon, with a long snout and its tail hooked behind its leg, represents a Tang-dynasty convention that survived in Central Asia until at least the... [Lire la suite]
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27 septembre 2010

A rare silk robe. Central Asia, 11th-12th century & A very fine Mongol cloth of gold silk robe. Central Asia, 13th-14th century

A rare silk robe. Central Asia, 11th-12th century. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd 2010 . Slightly waisted, with fur collar and cuffs, the decoration with repeated confronted hawks over a lattice formed by thin stems and composite palmettes, the repeated design a continuous stem punctuated by large tapering palmettes below which the stem separates in two tendrils, each tendril splitting further into two stems issuing a smaller composite palmette below and a revolving split leaf above, the large confronted birds mirrored around the... [Lire la suite]
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23 mars 2009

A Samanid Pottery Bowl, Central Asia or North East Iran, 10th Century

A Samanid Pottery Bowl, Central  Asia or North East Iran, 10th Century Of conical form on short foot, the white interior with an elegant black kufic inscription divided into four panels, the centre with a small circle, the exterior plain, repaired breaks. 13½in. (34.4cm.) diam. Estimate £30,000 - £50,000 Notes: The inscription reads al-haya , shu'ba min , al-iman wa , al-iman [fi al-janna] (Modesty is a branch of faith and faith [is in paradise]). Christie's. Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds 31 March 2009 . London,... [Lire la suite]
23 mars 2009

A Seljuk Silk Lampas Robe, Iran or Central Asia, 11th/12th Century

A Seljuk Silk Lampas Robe, Iran or Central Asia, 11th/12th Century. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2009 With flaring skirt and tapering long sleeves, composed of large panels of silk together forming a design of registers of flowerheads with two bands of white rosettes on pink ground alternated with one register of blue rosettes on red ground, the shoulders on the front of the robe with a bold register of repeated white foliate kufic inscription on blue ground, traces of fur trim around the inner seams of the robe, very... [Lire la suite]
20 mars 2009

A rare Nishapur slip-painted bowl, Central Asia, 8th/9th century

A rare Nishapur slip-painted bowl, Central Asia, 8th/9th century of shallow rounded form with everted rim on a short foot, painted in ochre slip on cream slip ground, outlines in brown, with central palmette and instrument motifs, the cavetto with kufic inscription, the reverse with four rings and a splashed decorative pattern throughout. 21.7cm. diam. Estimate 20,000—30,000 GBP NOTE: inscriptionsal-'ilm ashraf al-a[hsab wa al-muru]wa ashbak [al-ansab]'Knowledge is the most noble of [all] values and chivalry the most... [Lire la suite]