Melting Bottle, with Plum Branch motif, 13th century, China, Jin-Yuan Dynasty. Stoneware with decoration in a reserved bisque against a nice blackish/brown glaze. Probably originally used for storing wine, vinegar, soy sauce or other liquids (960- 1368). A Melping bottle later came to be favored as a vase for cut branches of flowering plum. A great example of Cizhou stencil decoration, the detailed pistols were brushed in with a brown slip and then coated with a thin clear glaze. An ambassador of time. #stoneware#songdynasty#yuandynasty#chineseceramics#tradition#pottery#ceramics#handthrown#ceramichistory
I finally got to meet my long-lost cousin James (@yuan.james )for the very first time yesterday!! He is my first cousin on my dad's side. We never got the chance to meet because James spent much of his childhood in Taiwan. After that, he lived in various states before moving to California. I didn't grow up with much extended family, so it was so nice to finally meet my cousin but more importantly, to discover that he is REALLY COOL and awesome!!! Plus it turns out he lives pretty close by. We had a blast chatting over dinner. He is a wonderful person, so warm, friendly, genuine, and enthusiastic!! So much positive energy!! And we actually have many similar viewpoints and outlooks on life. I am so happy to be related to such a great person (must be that good-quality Yuan family stock). Looking forward to hanging out again soon. It is so cool to have an awesome cousin in my life now. We can be like Astrid and Nick from @crazyrichasians. :) Yay! #cousin#family#reunion#awesome#kindredspirit#fun#cool#discovery#connection#goodtimes#whatsupcuz#justcuz#yuandynasty#javiers#margaritas#asianglowing#happy
This city is so peaceful, you'd never think it was one of the most damaged cities prior and during WWII. It's amazing to think you can change and heal so much with time. Give me 80 odd years to heal from rejection. I'll be fine.
Mooncakes are here which means the Mid Autumn Festival/Harvest Moon Festival is right around the corner. Not only intended to celebrate the Moon Goddess Chang E but also in remembering the folk tales that tell how the overthrow of the Mongol rule in China was facilitated by the smuggling of messages in mooncakes. There are many kinds of flavors and they come in various sizes and are either round or square. I like the red bean, pictured above, sesame, lotus seed and mixed nut are good too. Most come with a salted egg yolk so when it us cut open it looks like the moon. Personally those are a bit too salty for me. The second picture shows some of my mooncake molds and a recipe book if your so inclined to make your own. #mooncake#mooncakefestival#midautumnfestival#harvestmoonfestival longevity #moongoddess#mingdynasty#songdynasty#handynasty#yuandynasty#chinesepastry#redbean#redbeancake#celebration
While I will mostly be looking into Western art history, I still try to include other cultures as well. Here's a look into traditional Chinese art 🍂
1332: Unknown: Monk Reading a Sutra by Moonlight
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This is a Chinese painting titled “The Fisherman” by Wu Zhen of the Yuan Dynasty, and inspired my song “The Fishing Rod.” It was painted 750 years after the poem “The Fishing Rod” was written by Shen Yue in the early sixth century and used as the text in my song “The Fishing Rod.” Great Chinese themes. #chinesepainting#wuzhen#yuandynasty#metropolitanmuseumofart#markgustavson
Today on August 18, 1227, Genghis Khan dies while invading the Xi Xia Kingdom in China.
Genghis Khan is undoubtedly one of the most feared and well-known conquerors in history. He founded the mighty Mongol Empire, becoming the first Great Khan. Prior to his rule, the Mongolian plateau was largely made up of small, disparate tribes. Little is known about his actual childhood, however, he certainly came from humble beginnings. Genghis grew up to become the first leader to unite the vast nomadic peoples of Mongolia. Almost overnight, he turned Mongolia into a formidable military power and launched invasions into neighboring lands.
By the time of his death, the Mogul Empire stretched across most of Central Asia and China. Genghis was a notoriously cruel and ruthless conqueror. Anyone who refused to submit to his rule was quickly slaughtered. Despite his fearsome reputation, he is also remembered for implementing several forward-thinking policy changes, such as granting religious freedom to his subjects and abolishing torture. Commerce and trade flourished under his rule with Genghis creating the world’s first international postal system. During this period, the Silk Road became a safe and reliable trading and communications highway. His great empire truly bridged the East and West for the first time in history.
While on a military campaign against the Xi Xia Kingdom, Genghis was suddenly thrown from his horse which caused severe internal injuries. Nevertheless, the campaign moved forward despite the Great Khan’s deteriorating health. On August 18, 1227, Genghis suddenly died yet no one knows for certain what caused his death. His final resting place remains unknown to this day. The descendants of Genghis Khan went on to expand the empire even further, eventually forming the largest land empire in history. His grandson, Kublai Khan, launched a massive invasion against the Song Dynasty and successfully conquered all of China. At the height of their power, the Moguls controlled a landmass similar in size to the continent of Africa.