[Pouring vessel (kendi-only one). Ming dynasty (1368-1644), Wanli period (1573-1619). Porcelain, underglasze cobalt blue decoration. Overall: 7 1/2 x 6 in (19.x 15.2 cm). Norton Museum of Art. Purchase, the R.H. Norton Trust, 62.12.]
In March, the oft-blogged traveling exhibition, Doris Duke's Shagri La, makes it's second stop on the national tour at the Norton in Palm Beach. Florida should be a great location for the show, in part due to the balmy temps (normally at least) and native palm trees that will help evoke Duke's real paradise found, in Hawaii, but the Norton offers another bonus: The Middle East and the Middle Kingdom, an installation curated to pair with the Shangri La show. Artistic exchange between China and the Islamic realm will be the focus. Since we were just talking about cobalt, the pieces above grabbed my attention.
By the way, Shangri La's revamped site has launched. Take a look at the expanded photography by Tim Street-Porter, explore the collection, or check out videos of last year's scholar-in-residence Dr. Marcus Milwright's favorites including a pair of towering, beautifully inlaid sandals (technically clogs) and brass and silver Egyptian storage stands.