Gu (libation goblet, one of a pair with 1948/1.118)
Artist Unknown, China
Wine drinking goblet or beaker with a wide, trumpet-shaped mouth, narrow, banded waist, and flaring foot. The slender silhouette of the vessel suggests a date towards the end of the Late Shang period. The body is decorated with Tao-tie mask design, divided by the elaborate raised flanges. An inscription is found inside the flaring foot, presumably the name of the person that the vessel is dedicated or the clan emblem.
Gu (libation goblet, one of a pair with 1948/1.117)
Artist Unknown, China
Wine drinking goblet or beaker with a wide, trumpet-shaped mouth, narrow, banded waist, and flaring foot. The slender silhouette of the vessel suggests a date towards the end of the Late Shang period. The body is decorated with Tao-tie mask design, divided by the elaborate raised flanges. An inscription is found inside the flaring foot, presumably the name of the person that the vessel is dedicated.
One of a three-piece tea service, the sugar bowl is a small silver container with a lobed shape and a flat lid with a bone finial. The finial is carved into four lobes to match the body of the pot. The surface of the silver is not glassy-smooth; it has a hand-worked, hammered surface. The overall design impression is of satisfying geometric proportions with a slightly organic feel.
A rectangular shaped plate with eight circular patterns. The rim is slightly flared out to create the concave shape. The top surface is unglazed, scorched to an intense red. The bottom does not have foot. In the kiln, the thick clay slabs were stacked close together so that the floating ash landed on the edge of the plate facing the flame. The circular patterns are areas that were protected from the flame by cylinder clay spacers.
Blue ceramic vase with fat round bottom and a short narrow neck with a round opening at the top. Blue is flecked with white spots. Dark brown/black design near base going up the side of the case. Similar design on the neck of the vase.
A stand with a narrow, decorated post and a wide, shallow plate top. The column is made of a young male child holding a large grouping of flowering plants. At his feet on the base are large leaves with fruit throughout.
The white earthenware body is molded with a figural putto column beneath stylized flowers and fruit above a round foot. The piece is hand decorated in multiple bright and natural colors in the Vienna Secessionist palette. The round foot is cobalt blue, the whole was overglazed in a glossy, clear glaze.
Small Wide Rimmed Vase or Small Sake Serving Bottle
A short wide vase with a short neck and wide lip. The bottom portion of the vase is grey with black and white specks and the rest is brown rigged ceramic. Smooth and rough sections of gray high gloss glaze.
Large, deep and wide ceramic bell-lipped bowl. It sits on a narrow base and curves outward. It is a greenish-gray color; the outside is streaked ith copper and dark brown colored streaks. Celadon glaze with crackle on the inside, with temoku register on the outside; red-color clay.
A container with an animal (dragon) shaped head as a lid; four paws at the bottom of the container. Glazed stoneware, sculpted with teeth incisions. Tan with red spots of coloring, partiallyy covered with olive colored gloss over a high-fire red clay. Small swirl design on sides and front area has carving to indicate the front/chest of the animal, sculpted with teeth and incisions.
Stoneware teabowl with dark green glaze coating the inside and outer top three-quarters of the dently curving sides. The green glaze drips off the side of the bowl near the base, frozen in suspension. At the rim of the bowl the color of the stoneware shows through a thin layer of glaze.
Artist Unknown, African, Kuba Peoples Democratic Republic of the Congo
Buffalo horn with concentric circles, geometric shapes and beadlike bands carved in relief follow the natural contours of the horn to its pointed tip. Has a local repair—a metal suture sewn at the mouth to stabilize a crack. Has cord pierced through tip.
Sandwich and Soda, from the portfolio "Ten Works + Ten Painters"
This work shows a plate on which is placed a sandwich, a glass and drinking straws. These items are shown as white forms against a band of red in the upper area and a band of blue in the lower portion of the work that serve as a background. The image looks like a comic book page with the items created in outline form against contrasting colors.
This cup is divided three parts into mouth, midsection and lower part of the body. The mouth is slightly everted. A handle is attached starting below the second band and ending close to the bottom. There is a line between each part. The color is green and the surface is not trimmed well.
A small ceramic bowl with a dark brown glaze creating horizontal banding and a light blue glaze dripping on top it, heavier on the top of the cup and less towards the bottom. The bottom is unglazed and the top has only a clear glaze, allowing the color of the pottery to show through.