Bidriware is a handicraft that originated in the 14th century India, and was very popular for centuries.
(An alloy of copper and zinc is casted into a desired shape, and then coated with a strong solution of copper sulphate, to get a black glaze. An artisan then uses a metal stylus to etch intricate designs by removing the coating.)
This technique has made a great comeback in the most unlikely fashion. Artisans are now making USB drive covers, office stationery, lampshades and even floor tiles. Read on
(Top image: A 17th century, Bidriware Hookah base at Louvre)
Guess what this is.
This is is a tool called taiki, which means tai fish tooth. Don’t say it’s creepy. It’s a traditional tool to polish gold. Tai fish has strong teeth, so it is one of the best tool to make sprinkled gold shinny.
My friend who also learns kintsugi is a chef, and he gave a dozen of teeth. it’s interesting to handmake kintsugi tools.
Form and function play together in this grape-shaped oinochoe, meaning “wine pourer.”
Blue Grape-Cluster Pitcher, A.D. 1 - 100, Roman. J. Paul Getty Museum.
Michael Geertsen: Still Life, Still Lives at Jason Jacques Gallery, New York
May 21 - June 21, 2014
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Box in the shape of a lady’s head, ca. 1760; agate, gold, enamel, diamonds
Hillwood Museum and Gardens Foundation
We love this pot from Peru. It is made of burnished terracotta and depicts a copulating couple between the shoulder and the neck of the object.
I’ve always wondered if the idea of torture, of violently bloating figure(s)’ stomachs with liquid, was actually involved in the imagery and use of this type of pot.
haruenishikawa: Tea Bowl with Spring Grasses Design, 18th century
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Terracotta askos (flask) in the form of a rooster. Etruscan, 4th century B.C.
The Etruscans produced numerous askoi in the shape of ducks, but askoi in the shape of other birds are quite rare. Only one other rooster-shaped example is known, almost identical to this one. The askos in the form of a jackdaw (Corvus monedula), a Eurasian bird similar to a small crow, is the only one known.
It is adorned with a protective bulla (amulet) necklace of the type usually worn by Etruscan children and must represent someone’s favorite pet.
Courtesy & currently located at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, via their online collections. Accession Number: 29.131.5.
Pitcher with Applique of a Bacchant, probably Italy (1950-75?)
above: Mexican Tureen
below: Chelsea Porcelain Factory, White asparagus tureen (c.1756)
Cloisonné incense burner, Qing dynasty (1644-1912)
Ancient Chinese ritual wine warmers from the Henan Province, early-late Shang dynasty.
The first wine warmer is from the middle or late Anyang phase, circa 1200-1050 B.C.E., the second, Erligang phase, circa 1700-1500 B.C.E., and the third, early Anyang phase, about 1300-1200 B.C.E.
Courtesy & currently located at the LACMA, USA, via their online collections.
Franz Anton Bustelli
Both figurines are from the Italian commedia dell’arte, a group of traveling theater entertainers.
Beltrame di Milano, about 1720, Meissen Porcelain Manufactory. Hard-paste porcelain. J. Paul Getty Museum.