11 avril 2011

Ten best of Rhinoceros Horn Carvings from The Edward and Franklin Chow Collection

An extremely rare large rhinoceros horn archaistic guang vessel by You Yiliang. 17th century. Photo Sotheby's masterfully carved in the form of an archaistic bronze guang vessel with a body of flaring rectangular section set with a channelled spout opposite a 'D'-shaped handle, the body finely carved in low relief with a wide register of taotie masks on a leiwen ground, supported on a tall foot of square section similarly decorated, the austere form interrupted by five playful chilong carved in reticulated high relief,... [Lire la suite]
22 novembre 2010

Treasures of Ancient Chinese Art Return to Public View @ the Freer Gallery of Art

        Ornament in the form of a human face. Longshan culture (ca. 3000'17'' B.C.E.). Jade (nephrite). Photo: Freer Gallery of Art. WASHINGTON, DC.- Ancient jades and bronzes widely considered to be among the greatest treasures of Chinese art returned to public view at the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art Nov. 20. More than 100 works have been reinstalled in two newly renovated galleries after more than a decade in storage. Chinese jade carvings and vessels cast from bronze are some of the oldest... [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]