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Cultivating Virtue: China
Post #863 • August 30, 2006, 5:41 PM • 8 Comments
We don't call the stuff that for nothing.
As curator Anne Kitagawa pointed out, you can find more refined pieces, but few so old that you can still see a bit of roughness in the decorative glaze. The painting technique had not yet reached the perfect refinement that it would achieve only a short time later. (Just for fun, note that the piece is contemporaneous with Masaccio.) The throw, however, is flawless - thin-walled, light-footed, and lovely in profile.
Deep, Circular Charger with Everted Lip and Blossoming Peony Décor, Chinese; Ming dynasty, early 15th century (probably Yongle period, 1403-1424). Blue-and-white ware: porcelain with decoration painted in underglaze cobalt blue, 7 x 40.5 cm. Courtesy of the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University Art Museums. Purchase through generosity of the Ralph C. Marcove International Understanding Through Arts and Crafts Foundation. Photo: Photographic Services © President and Fellows of Harvard College.
And that wraps up Cultivating Virtue. (Previous CV entries one, two, three.) Next, I put PSiNE to bed.