Sunday, May 22, 2011
Another rainy day, more like a drizzling day.
We are off to see the second floor of the Shanghai Museum, which showcases ceramics.
Ancient peoples around the world had pottery, but porcelain belongs to the Chinese. So much so, that we call it "china."
The museum follows the development of Chinese ceramics in chronological order, and if you are really interested in the history, go to the website of Chinese collectors (http://www.ceramic-collector.org/eng/history101.html). They seem to have the labels from the Shanghai Museum, word for word, right down to the misspellings! And their photos are sharper.
Peiligang Culture (6000-5200 BCE)
Pot with bird design:
White pottery gui/tripot pitcher:
Proto-celadon jar with ears and vertical stripes:
Soldier with a missing weapon from his right hand:
Green-glazed pottery figure of a duck:
Celadon huzi/chamber pot:
Celadon jar with chicken head:
Celadon hunping/funerary jar with sculpted designs of architecture:
A Westerner (missing a flute) on a bactrian camel:
Sancai-glazed tomb guardian:
White-glazed covered jar with incised lotus petal design and "Guan" mark:
Polychrome-glazed dishmouth pot with rings and carved ribbon:
Polychrome-glazed phoenix-head ewer with applique decoration:
Moon-white glazed jar with lotus-leaf-shaped lid:
Polychrome-glazed pillow with incised bird and flower design:
Celadon jar encircled by a dragon with lid:
Five-footed washer (crackle):
Black-glazed vase with brown design:
Foliated dish with underglaze blue design of melons, bamboo and grapes:
Blue and white flask:
Blue and white bird feeder:
Bowl with red lions:
Kent with a giant Ming pot:
Blue and white oblate pot with underglaze blue design of camellia sprays:
Double cruet on the right:
Decorations of Chinese scenes for the foreign market:
Famille Vert vase with design of Liu Bei's Marriage Story, Jingdezhen ware, Kangxi Reign Qing Dynasty (1662-1722)
Underglaze blue and red vase of flower and fruit sprays:
Vase with Fencai design of oversize peaches and bats:
Small orange bats?
Dish with Wucai design of birds:
Twin-bodied vase with enameled design of dragon and phoenix:
Tibetan vase with Fencai design of 8 auspicious symbols on green background:
From other manufacturers:
Zhangzhou ware, Chenghua Reign Ming Dynasty (1465-1487). The symbol on his chest is ancient. Chinese versions include a right-handed (yang) and a left-handed (yin) version - opposites that "harmonize." It has represented the sun, the four directions, movement and change (the four appendages) and union of opposites (lines crossing).
Ahua-glazed bowl with lotus design:
Teapot with a looped handle and "Man Sheng" mark:
Pair of bowls with lids:
Walked through People's Square and Park to have lunch.
Pigeons in the trees:
Pigeons in the grass:
Pigeons on the sidewalk:
Tea exposition, from the ethnic groups:
Unusual architecture on Huanghe Road:
We had lunch at the unassuming Jia Jia Restaurant:
Girls making the pork and crab dumplings:
A fancier restaurant:
The Shanghai Metro mascot, "Chang Chang":