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Cloisonné Basin

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Creator Name: artist unknown
Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Chinese
Creator Name-CRT: Artist unknown
Title: Cloisonné Basin
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1580
Creation End Date: 1580
Creation Date: 1580
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: bronze, enamel
Dimensions: H.3-5/8 x Dia.17-5/8 in. (irregular)
Inscriptions: INSCRIPTION
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 98.77.1
Credit Line: Gift of Ruth and Bruce Dayton

The pictorial subject of decoration on this large basin is not found in earlier examples of cloisonné. For the first time, beginning in the late 16th century, artisans show a variety of plants and animals, as well as human figures, in generic landscape or garden settings. Influenced by subjects popular in paintings, figural scenes had appeared in lacquer and porcelain over a hundred years earlier. This basin has finely divided enamel colors and precisely placed wire designs in the rim and ground pattern which serve to emphasize the group of scholars shown here in various activities such as ch'in playing, scroll painting and chess playing.

AMICA ID: MIA_.98.77.1
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: ? The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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