24 juin 2009

Indianaplis Museum of Art, Asian Art Highlights : Saddled horse, Tang dynasty

Saddled horse, Tang dynasty, 700s, earthenware with lead glaze, 26 x 27 in. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Eli Lilly. photo Indianaplis Museum of Art Size indicates that this horse was made for someone from the highest ranks of society. Horses were highly valued for the military and for activities such as polo. The most prized horses were the tall and powerful breeds, descendents of the "dragon seed" imported from the West. The Tang dynasty began with 5,000 horses and 50 years later boasted herds numbering 706,000. ... [Lire la suite]
24 juin 2009

Indianaplis Museum of Art, Asian Art Highlights : Standing Bodhisattva, Eastern Wei dynasty

Standing Bodhisattva, Eastern Wei dynasty, 537, sandstone with traces of paint and gold, 19 7/8 x 5 x 3 in. Gift of the Asian Art Society. photo Indianaplis Museum of Art The first inscription on the base of the statue reads 大魏天平三年十二月十八日清信士佛弟子立德為亡姊敬造石像一驅顛念亡姊託生西方靜佛境界值佛?法常與佛會來世託生王公之家永離苦厄所愿如是 "On the eighteenth day of the twelfth month of the third year of the Tianping era of the Great Wei dynasty [January 14, 537], the pure believing scholar and Buddhist disciple, Li De, had this stone image respectfully made for his... [Lire la suite]
24 juin 2009

Indianaplis Museum of Art, Asian Art Highlights : Ritual wine server (guang), Shang dynasty

Ritual wine server (guang), bronze,  H: 8 1/4 in. | L: 9 in. Shang dynasty, about 1100 BCE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Eli Lilly. photo Indianaplis Museum of Art This intricately decorated ritual wine vessel, or guang, was made during the Shang dynasty, when the piece-mold technology to create objects in bronze had evolved to a level of sophistication unparalleled among the world’s ancient civilizations. The scale of ancient China’s bronze industry—implied by the number of vessels that survive and the labor-intensive processes,... [Lire la suite]