Asian Art Comparison

Only available on StudyMode
  • Download(s) : 346
  • Published : November 22, 2011
Open Document
Text Preview
The illustration I chose from the Shang Chinese Period is a bronze wine vessel called a Zun beaker. It is from the Shang period (c.1600-1050 B.C.E.), 13th-11th century B.C.E. Wine vessels such as the Zun vessel played an important role in ritual offerings to the ancestors worshipped by ruling leaders of the Shang Dynasty. As the picture illustrates, it is decorated with important mask designs with the two eyes and c-shaped eyebrows in the middle. At the bottom of the beaker, there are two eyes and c-shaped horns, and at the very top of the beaker, it looks like there is another mask with the eyes, nose and this time with a c-shaped mouth. The beaker looks heavy in weight and has a tall flaring mouth. The illustration I chose from the Northwest Coast Indian period is a Haida art called the dogfish. These types of paintings are much exaggerated in features and were usually painted on something flat, such as on a box or wall. The dogfish has very strong form lines such as the ovoid, U forms and split U forms. The head of the dogfish is an ovoid shape with two circles on each side representing its eyes or its nostrils and a turned down mouth with sharp teeth. Gills sit on each side of its mouth and there is a double set of fins and finished with a tail at the end. This illustration is colored in the two basic colors, black and red. Although both the illustrations are from different periods, they have a similarity of having very curvy features and also having more than one design or face.
tracking img