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November 06, 2008


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I can see wanting to limit trees, but aside from that I wish people would mostly let their yards run wild.

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I mentioned how the bronzes were thought to have been originally cast in bronze "donated" (as submission) from the ancient "nine provinces"...

Well, from out of this ancient regalia and symbol of the mandate to rule, I think you can see so many interestingly unique aspects to the Chinese art collecting practices of later ages. Of course other rulers collected art for political purposes, but perhaps China has been unique for the long, almost totally uninterrupted chain of interest in national art collecting by the emperors. There were, obviously, foreign derived peices of art in the imperial collections, and yet, these were minor as it has always been national art that has served as imperial treasure. Compare this with Catherine's collectin vis-a-vis French/Flemish art as a means to join the club (her eyes turned West) or Napoleon's trophy gathering... trophy gathering indeed has really played a large role in European art collecting, too I think. From ancient Greek marbles dragged off to Rome, or Byzantium treasures pried off their pedestals and brought to Venice-- down to the Nazis-- who were huge looters.

I have found this focused attention on the national past in Chinese art collecting to be fascinating and it all probably started with my nine bronze tripods-- which I love to think about...

OK, I've just uploaded a new Post but someone, Bill, that you might know from Georgetown.

Really loved the ding posts. It also made me think of another use of ancient bronzes, from a "making a statement" frame of mind, in the transitional times between ancient dynasties. It is best to show a picture:




Hi Luis,

Great to see you here! Thank you for your comment. That picture was pretty incredible. Can you tell me more about it?

I really recommend the Ledderose essy, by the way, because those ancient bronzes, it seems were made using assembly-line emthods, where labor was broken down and there were those in charge of quality assurance etc. They were made in such a massive volume using modular technology-- so in that sense the picture you sent is more how I imagine the Greek vessels being made... I am blanking out, how was Aphrodite's husband? the ironsmith? Isn't that how you imagine him?

Hephaestus, who crafted objects of great power & beauty but was lame & apparently unattractive…
(Of course, considering we're dealing with the ancient Greeks, it may have just been the lameness that made him unattractive. You will find this interesting ~ there is also a dark red tree peony with his name.)

My dear MW, I believe the word of choice today is "physically challenged" :)

In any case, your entire comment is of huge interest to me of course! I have a deadline on Friday but really want to respond after that... don't let me forget.... guess what I am listening to as I work?

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