Storing and Serving Food
Storing and Serving Food 6.9, 6.10, 6.12, 6.13,
Combines utility with aesthetics and meaning.
6.9 “Three-Legged Ting with Cover” 6th Century, from China, simple shape, three legs, repeated circles, quatrefoil pattern, made of bronze, made for liquids such as “ritual wine” may have been placed next to deceased ancestors as a shrine for good blessings
6.10“Basket” 1890-1910, from the Promo tribe (California), basket decorated with feathers shells over the basic woven design, made as special gifts to mark significant moments in daughter’s lives such as birth or puberty, used in everyday life, colored feathers represent bravery and courage from the birds they came from.
6.12 “Saltcellar” from the 16th century, made of ivory, held salt, signified wealth, status symbol, carved by African artists for export to Europe, salt is held by orb that is topped by an execution scene, showing a victim that is about to be sacrificed, reflects African and Portuguese tastes, used for diplomatic gift.
6.13”Heinz 57 Tomato Ketchup, and Del Monte Freestone Peach halves” Andy Warhol, 1964, silk screen on wood, look like mass-produced cardboard packing boxes for common grocery items, created during the Pop Art Movement.
Art that Glorifies Food
Food is beautiful, shapes and textures are the subject of many sculptures and still life painting which reflect cultural or religious values. Often lavish displays boasting of wealth and abundance
Still Life 6.14
6.14“A Table of Desserts” Jan Davidsz De Heem, 1640, reflects cultural and religious beliefs, during the baroque era in art, oil paint on canvas, glorifies upper class and abundance, food is elevated to eye level on platters
The Promise of Fertility
Earliest artifacts relating to fertility were from the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods of history, sculptures of pregnant female figures called Fertility of Mother Goddesses, suggesting that they were part of a ritual of