This porcelain vase, from the Song dynasty, 960-1279 AD, has an applied lotus design below the shoulder of the body. A simpler open lotus design, lightly etched into the clay, runs around the base of the vase. Such a piece could have been a collector's item, used as everyday ware, or even figured in rituals by virtue of its lotus decoration. Lotus flowers are important symbols in the Buddhist religion and often decorate ritual objects.
Reference: Winter, Amy H., with Xiaoping Lin (eds.), "The Light of Infinite Wisdom: Asian Art from the Godwin-Ternbach Museum and Other Collections," Queens College, CUNY, 2003.
|Dimensions||H-8.625 Dia-4.5 inches|
|Year Range from||960|
|Year Range to||1279|
10th century AD
11th century AD
12th century AD
13th century AD
|Exhibition and Publication History||
*"The Queens College Art Collection," 1960, #187.
*"Art of the East," Klapper Library, 1985, checklist #14.
*"Thirty Years of Collecting," G-TM, 1986. M. Simon, Curator.
*"Director's Choice, Part I," 4/17-6/1/02. A. Winter, Curator.
* "The Light of Infinite Wisdom," GT-M, 10/15 - 12/20/2003, A. Winter, X. Lin, Curators.