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Melon-Shaped Ewer is a delicate white porcelain. a broad band of lightly incised floral scrolls within a field of freely combed lines adorns the body and shoulder.
Melon-Shaped Ewer
Melon-Shaped Ewer
Melon-Shaped Ewer is a delicate white porcelain. a broad band of lightly incised floral scrolls within a field of freely combed lines adorns the body and shoulder.

Melon-Shaped Ewer

China
Song dynasty (960–1279)
11th or 12th century
Porcelain with pale greenish blue glaze (Qingbai ware)
H. 6 in. (15.2 cm); Diam. 5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm)
AG 1976.01
Qingbai ware, prized for its elegant restraint, was produced near the great ceramic center of Jingdezhen in Jiangxi province, in south China. These delicate porcelains are distinguished by a clear, bluish white glaze over incised, combed, or molded decoration.
Detail of upper torso and head of Parvati, elegantly poised and beautifully adorned in a diaphanous skirt and jewelry.
Parvati
Parvati
Detail of upper torso and head of Parvati, elegantly poised and beautifully adorned in a diaphanous skirt and jewelry.

Parvati

India
Chola period (c. 850–1310)
c. 11th century
Bronze
22 3/4 x 8 3/8 x 6 3/8 in. (57.8 x 21.3 x 16.2 cm)
AG 1970.03
From the ninth to the thirteenth century, the Chola kingdom in South India originated a tradition of cast bronze Hindu sculpture in the round. Metal statues were used as icons and processional images in place of stone sculptures found in temples.
Detail of Wine Jar with Cover's decoration, incised lines, cover, and crackled glaze.
Wine Jar with Cover
Wine Jar with Cover
Detail of Wine Jar with Cover's decoration, incised lines, cover, and crackled glaze.

Wine Jar with Cover

China
Song dynasty (960–1279)
11th–12th century
Stoneware with olive green glaze (Zhejiang ware)
H. 12 1/2 in. (31.7 cm); Diam. 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm)
AP 1970.08 a,b
The interior rim of the cover for this jar bears an inscription suggesting it was made to hold a funerary offering of wine; however, the purpose of the five vertical tubes on the shoulder which do not penetrate the body is obscure.
Rain God Vessel is a polychromed ceramic  spouted vessel in the form of a crouching figure, which is someone impersonating a deity. e holds a club in his right hand and has a shield attached to his left wrist; his entire head is engulfed in an animal-head helmet.
Rain God Vessel
Rain God Vessel
Rain God Vessel is a polychromed ceramic  spouted vessel in the form of a crouching figure, which is someone impersonating a deity. e holds a club in his right hand and has a shield attached to his left wrist; his entire head is engulfed in an animal-head helmet.

Rain God Vessel

Mexico, Colima, El Chanal, Mixtec style
Middle Post Classic period (1200–1400)
c. 1100–1400
Polychromed ceramic
9 3/4 x 8 1/4 x 11 1/4 in. (24.7 x 21 x 28.5 cm)
APx 1974.02
This spouted vessel in the form of a crouching figure represents an important aspect of Mesoamerican religious practice—deity impersonation—by which the gods were brought directly into the world of experience. The disguise portrayed in this piece is a double one, however: warrior and rain god.
Bodhisattva Khasarpana Lokeshvara is a carved schist  stela, tin which the youthful, bejeweled figure is seated on a double-lotus throne, surrounded by lotus blossoms
Bodhisattva Khasarpana Lokeshvara
Bodhisattva Khasarpana Lokeshvara
Bodhisattva Khasarpana Lokeshvara is a carved schist  stela, tin which the youthful, bejeweled figure is seated on a double-lotus throne, surrounded by lotus blossoms

Bodhisattva Khasarpana Lokeshvara

India, Bengal
Pala period (750–1174)
c. 11th–12th century
Gray schist
49 3/16 x 31 5/8 x 14 1/8 in. (124.9 x 80.3 x 35.9 cm)
AP 1970.13
The increasing complexity of imagery and iconographic detail in late Pala art paralleled the growing popularity of Esoteric Buddhism in eastern India.
Bowl from Korea, made of stoneware with dark green and white inlay and celadon glaze.
Bowl
Bowl
Bowl from Korea, made of stoneware with dark green and white inlay and celadon glaze.

Bowl

Korea
Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)
12th or 13th century
Stoneware with dark green and white inlay and celadon glaze
H. 2 5/16 in. (5.8 cm); Diam. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm)
AP 1970.11
The interior of this bowl displays a variation on the slip-inlay technique known as reverse inlay (yoksanggam), in which the background portion of the design is carved out and filled with white slip.
Bowl Carved with Design of Boys Among Peonies made of porcelain with pale blue glaze
Bowl Carved with Design of Boys Among Peonies
Bowl Carved with Design of Boys Among Peonies
Bowl Carved with Design of Boys Among Peonies made of porcelain with pale blue glaze

Bowl Carved with Design of Boys Among Peonies

China, Jiangxi province
Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279)
12th century
Porcelain with pale blue glaze (Qingbai ware)
H. 3 in. (7.6 cm); Diam. 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm)
AP 1995.07
Among the finest porcelain wares ever produced, qingbai (bluish white) constitutes one of the main groups of porcelain manufactured during the Song dynasty (A.D. 960–1279).
Bowl with Lotus Design made of stoneware with olive green glaze and carved design.
Bowl with Lotus Design
Bowl with Lotus Design
Bowl with Lotus Design made of stoneware with olive green glaze and carved design.

Bowl with Lotus Design

China
Song dynasty (960–1279)
12th or 13th century
Stoneware with olive green glaze
H. 2 13/16 in. (7.1 cm); Diam. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm)
AP 1971.16
Graceful shapes, rich greenish glazes, and distinctively carved designs are salient features of the restrained jade colored wares known as “northern celadon.” The name alludes to its development in the northern provinces of Shaanxi and Henan during the Northern Song period (960–1127).
Bowl with Wave Design made of stoneware with olive green glaze. Exterior is carved with incised lines while a combed and incised field of abstract foliate scrolls decorates the interior.
Bowl with Wave Design
Bowl with Wave Design
Bowl with Wave Design made of stoneware with olive green glaze. Exterior is carved with incised lines while a combed and incised field of abstract foliate scrolls decorates the interior.

Bowl with Wave Design

China
Song dynasty (960–1279)
12th or 13th century
Stoneware with olive green glaze
H. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm); Diam. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm)
AP 1970.09
Graceful shapes, rich greenish glazes, and distinctively carved designs are salient features of the restrained jade colored wares known as “northern celadon.” The name alludes to its development in the northern provinces of Shaanxi and Henan during the Northern Song period (960–1127).
Cosmetic Box made of stoneware with black and white inlay and celadon glaze.
Cosmetic Box
Cosmetic Box
Cosmetic Box made of stoneware with black and white inlay and celadon glaze.

Cosmetic Box

Korea
Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)
12th or 13th century
Stoneware with black and white inlay and celadon glaze
H. 1 9/16 in. (4 cm); Diam. 3 9/16 in. (9 cm)
AP 1972.15 a,b
Cosmetic boxes and small squat oil bottles were made for the court and aristocrats in the Koryo dynasty. The boxes all have flat lids with rounded shoulders, a shape that had its origins in the metalwork of the time.
Covered Relic Container and Stand
Covered Relic Container and Stand

Covered Relic Container and Stand

Korea
Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)
12th–14th century
Gilt bronze
7 7/8 x 6 1/4 in. (20 x 15.9 cm)
AG 1973.08 a,b,c
No existing label
Detail of handle, spout, lid, and body of decorated ewer
Ewer
Ewer
Detail of handle, spout, lid, and body of decorated ewer

Ewer

Korea
Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)
12th or 13th century
Stoneware with celadon glaze over underglaze iron oxide
H. 7 7/8 in. (20 cm); Diam. 5 1/16 in. (12.9 cm)
AP 1972.14 a,b
Painted celadons dating to the Koryo dynasty bear resemblance to Chinese Cizhou wares and seem to represent a transition between the plain glazed and the inlaid Korean celadons.
Detail of the carefully modeled face
Head, possibly a King
Head, possibly a King
Detail of the carefully modeled face

Head, possibly a King

Africa, Southwestern Nigeria, Ife culture
12th–14th century
Terracotta with residue of red pigment and traces of mica
10 1/2 x 5 11/16 x 7 3/8 in. (26.7 x 14.5 x 18.7 cm)
AP 1994.04
The art of Ife, which flourished from the twelfth to the fifteenth century in southwestern Nigeria, in the area occupied by the Yoruba people, is unique in Africa in representing human beings with extraordinary naturalism.
Mirror with Dragons is a Korean bronze mirror with two lively dragons chasing pearls, or flaming jewels, decorate the primary field around a central lotus petal medallion.
Mirror with Dragons
Mirror with Dragons
Mirror with Dragons is a Korean bronze mirror with two lively dragons chasing pearls, or flaming jewels, decorate the primary field around a central lotus petal medallion.

Mirror with Dragons

Korea
Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)
12th–14th century
Bronze
9 1/4 in. diameter (23.5 cm diameter)
AG 1973.07
Bronze mirrors were essential items in the toilet sets of aristocratic ladies; they survive because of the East Asian custom of placing them in tombs. As with other luxury goods so deposited, the mirrors were meant to be used by the dead in the spirit world.
Wine Cup and Stand made of stoneware with celadon glaze. The cup is incised and in the form of six lobes.
Wine Cup and Stand
Wine Cup and Stand
Wine Cup and Stand made of stoneware with celadon glaze. The cup is incised and in the form of six lobes.

Wine Cup and Stand

Korea
Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)
12th century
Stoneware with celadon glaze
H. 3 15/16 in. (10 cm); Diam. 5 11/16 in. (14.5 cm)
AP 1970.12 a,b
Korean celadon wares, among the most highly prized of all Asian ceramics, were originally inspired by Chinese celadons of the Song dynasty (960–1279). The Korean glazes are more thinly applied than Chinese examples, and unstable kiln conditions produced wide variations in color.
Detail of Manjushiri and lion
Manjushri on a Lion
Manjushri on a Lion
Detail of Manjushiri and lion

Manjushri on a Lion

China
Southern Song or Jin dynasty (1127–1279/1115–1234)
c. 1150–1300
Gilt bronze
23 x 15 1/2 in. (58.4 x 39.3 cm)
AP 1987.05 a,b
Of the many deities that played a role in Chinese Buddhism, Manjushri (in Chinese, Wenshu), the bodhisattva of wisdom, is among the most appealing.

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