Comparison Series: Lessons from History
One of the greatest ways that we can learn is through history. We can understand more about a culture through its artifacts, remnants and shards. When you begin to analyze the the forms in museums or in your own home, you can broaden your definition of a particular form, style, or surface technique. Your assignment is to write a visual analysis comparing the two or three objects. This gets you thinking about what kinds of adjectives you may use, contextualize the object and to see the vessel outside the lens of the expanded field of ceramic.
Carved, Piereced, Incised Form:
Lantern for a Lamp
Object Name: Lantern
Date: 9th–10th century
Geography: Attributed to Iran, Nishapur. Excavated in Iran, Nishapur
Medium: Earthenware; carved decoration, unglazed
Dimensions: H. 9 5/8 in. (24.5 cm) Diam. 5 7/8 in. (15 cm) Base. 4 1/2 in. (11.5 cm)
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1939
Accession Number: 39.40.87
An interest in architecture and geometric design combine in the forms and surfaces of Matt Repsher’s vessels, jars, mugs, bowls, and sculptures. From the choice of clay — a red bricklike body — to the carved ornamentation, Repsher gives a nod to these influences.
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Egyptian born, North Carolina based artist, he is interested in expanding on forms and principles rooted in his culture: namely ancient Egyptian pottery and Islamic arts. This series of sculptures stems from his investigation of Islamic jug filters.
How does his carving differ from the previous two images?