The unique role of the vase throughout history certainly invites a degree of consideration. As a functional craft, it was used to store water, oil, spieces, ointment, and the ashes of the deceased; and as a medium for art, it ornamented homes, temples, palaces and tombs. A “friend to man” as keats put it, the vase was a commodity to any settled civilization, and still is. Surpassing its more practical purposes, the vase has elevated itself to an acquisition among aesthetes. Its timeless beauty and relevance continues to inspire us all.
Items & Description
(1) Chinese Han Dynasty Painted Pottery Cocoon Jar (206 BC-9AD)
(2) A Chinese green glazed ceramic swan. The swan takes its name from the Indo-European word sven, which means to sing. Its graceful demeanor and figure have earned it recognition in many cultures as a symbol of beauty and allure. In myth, the gods, lovers and those of pure intention are.
(3) Turquoise Tibetan vase with Buddha in Lotus inset, with Dragon one of the four dignities that represent the different aspects of Bodhisattva, the dragon symbolizing power, communication and freedom form.
(4) Translucent green hand blown glass vase.
(5) Sawankhalok ceramic amphora, brown inlaid and white glazed, 2 ears, double gourd with leaf inset
(6) Jade, Meiping Pot, red and cream glazed with metal inlays.
(7) Khmer brown glazed 2 headed kendi bottle.
(8) Khmer ware brown glazed elephant pot
(9) Khmer ware chicken yellow glazed, pot
(10) Khmer ware chicken yellow glazed, pot
(11) Chinese red painted pottery with dragon inscription and four handles
(12) Bactrian Era Small white pottery vase
(13) Yangshao Culture painted pottery vessel from the kansu Province Probably 2500 B.C.
(14) Ban Chiang Pottery from Nong Han District, Udon Thani province Thailand. Among the earliest Bronze sites in the world. C.a. 3400 B.C.
(15) Arguably a Cypiot jug possibly a wedding jar as implied by twin necks conjoined at the body
(16) Ewer, Ming Period, early 15th c. Yongle Era, famed for the use of smoosh, white glaze. Jiangzi province, China.
Pottery is the ceramic material which makes up pottery wares of which major types include earthenware, stoneware and porcelain. The place where such wares are made is also called a pottery . Pottery also refers to the art or craft of a potter or the manufacture of pottery. A dictionary definition is simply objects of fired clays. The definition of pottery used by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) is "all fired ceramic wares that contain clay when formed, except technical, structural, and refractory products.".
Pottery originated before the Neolithic period, with ceramic objects like the Gravettian culture Venus of Dolní Věstonice figurine discovered in the Czech Republic date back to 29,000–25,000 BC,and pottery vessels that were discovered in Jiangxi, China, which date back to 18,000 BC. Early Neolithic pottery have been found in places such as Jomon Japan (10,500 BC), the Russian Far East (14,000 BC), Sub-Saharan Africa and South America.
Pottery is made by forming a clay body into objects of a required shape and heating them to high temperatures in a kiln which removes all the water from the clay, which induces reactions that lead to permanent changes including increasing their strength and hardening and setting their shape. A clay body can be decorated before or after firing. Prior to some shaping processes, clay must be prepared. Kneading helps to ensure even moisture content throughout the body.
Air trapped within the clay body needs to be removed. This is called de-airing and can be accomplished by a machine called a vacuum pug or manually by wedging. Wedging can also help produce even moisture content. Once a clay body has been kneaded and de-aired or wedged, it is shaped by a variety of techniques. After shaping it is dried and then fired.
(17) Ancient Filipino
(18) Sawankhalok Jars
Mettalic are mostly remnants of the Bronze age, the period in history where metal, especially copper and bronze alloys, were used in the production of tools, weapons and ornaments.
(22) Malaysian, Muslim, silver
(23) The Chinese dragon is believed by some to have originated from totems of different tribes in China. A myth about the first legendary Emperor of China, tells of him using a snake as his coat of arms. According to the myth, every time he conquered another tribe, he incorporated his defeated enemy’s emblem into his own, thus explaining why the dragon appears to have features of various animals.
(24) Brass vessel
(25) Brass vessel
(26) Brown glazed pear bottle with two ears
(27) Meiping jar, Tiger glazed
(28) Khmer brown glazed 2 headed kendi bottle
(29) Hiyup-hiyup cave, Albay, Philippines 200 years old