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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


More to Whet Your Appetite

[Plate with flowering plum and birds, Yuan (1271-1368)-early Ming dynasty (1368-1644) 14th century, Black lacquer with mother-of-pearl inlay, Diam. 11 ⅝ in. (29.5 cm) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Promised Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving.]

Considering variations in computer screens, I never really know if you are seeing the same colors I'm looking at on my end. (Okay, colors I'm perceiving, for all the purists out there.) Often when I post a fabric or painted wall that's an obscure shade of purple, I'll wonder if it's coming across as gray to someone else. So, I was encouraged by the comments on the previous Khubilai Khan post. Emile de Bruijn described the dominant purple in the Dragons amid Flowers tapestry as 'bruise' and that is precisely the color I see.

Whether you find yourself viewing the images that follow on an iPhone (like Barbara of My Dog-Eared Pages did the other day), a sleek widescreen, or a dinosaur of a monitor, I hope the objects look as stunning to you as they do to me. These are also from The World of Khubilai Khan: Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty, the major exhibition opening at The Met September 28.

Lions with Palmettes
Central Asia, 13th century or earlier
Silk and metallic thread tapestry
Warp, 25 in. (63.5 cm); weft, 13 ⅝ in. (34.7 cm)
The Cleveland Museum of Art

Yuan dynasty (1271-1368)
Porcelain with underglaze copper red decoration (Jingdezhen ware)
H. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm)
Excavated at Jininglu Ancient City, Chayouqian Banner, Wulanchabu, Inner Mongolia, 2003.
Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region Institute of Cultural Relics and

Belt hook
Yuan dynasty (1271-1368)
Jade with silk band
L. 4 ¾ in. (12.1 cm)
Excavated from the tomb of Wang Maochang (d. 1329), Zhangxian, Gansu Province, 1972
Gansu Provincial Museum

Hairpin, earring, and two rings
Yuan dynasty (1271-1368)
Gold, malachite, glass, and pearl
Length of hairpin 4 in. (10.2 cm)
Excavated from the Shi family tombs, Houtaibaocun, Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, 1994
Hebei Institute of Cultural Relics

Bowl with Daoist Figures
Yuan dynasty (1271-1368)
H. 2 ½ in. (6.4 cm)
The Cleveland Museum of Art

Yuan dynasty (1271-1368)
Porcelain with splashed copper decoration (Jun ware),
H. 14 5/8 in (37.1 cm)
Hebei Cultural Relics Conservation Center

Jar with the story of Guiguzi
Yuan dynasty (1271-1368)
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt blue decoration
Diam.13 in.
Private collection

Gong Kai (1222-after 1304)
Noble Horse
Yuan dynasty (1271-1368)
Ink on paper
11 ¾ x 22 3/8 in.
Osaka Municipal Museum of Art

By the way, I still haven't seen that 2007 Sergei Bodrov film, Mongol, but The Met is offering a special screening, October 24, with an introductory talk given by Denise Patry Leidy, curator of Asian Art. If you've just landed here, see this post for background on the exhibition. Details on related Met lectures can be found here.


Janet said...

Is there anything more beautiful than that vase with the splashed copper decoration? Elegant and organic!

Style Court said...

I know! I'm always astounded by the timelessness of Asian ceramics.

Emile de Bruijn said...

Glad you liked 'bruise' - I love the pretentiousness of some colour names - 'brick', 'mist', 'seaweed', 'mouseback', etc etc.

Also love the white bottle with the copper red splashes - so Robert Motherwell.