Saturday, April 28, 2007

Any art historian types out there??

So I've been reading up on ancient China and their art, and I've got a question. A lot of their ancient bronzes have a diagonal swirly pattern on them:

So what's the name of the pattern? Isn't there some term for it, at least made up by modern curators? It's common enough I think it should have some name. But I'm not finding it. (And yes, I'm trying to figure out how to knit it.)

Anyone?



While I'm puzzling over ancient China, the husbeast has decided we need to shift over to DVR (the cable box with the hard drive in it, so we can record shows and play them back). We got the new box this morning, and this is what the remote looks like.

I ought to be able to launch the fuckin' space shuttle with this thing. Makes me want to forget technology altogether and hole up somewhere with a fire and a book. And some knitting.

8 comments:

FairyGodKnitter said...

That's the same remote we have, my husband claims that every time he tries to watch something he taped, he gets some Chinese station. I can actually navigate it in the dark, I tell him it's nimble knitting fingers.

Amy Lane said...

You will love it. It will change the way you watch TV and knit forever...

Amy Lane said...

And I have no idea what that swirly thing is...

Could it be classified as a tesselation?

Julie said...

If I were to knit it, it'd definitely be tesselated, but I don't know what the Chinese curators call it.

Further reading has revealed that they call almost everything abstract a cloud pattern, so maybe it's clouds??

Amy Lane said...

I hate it when the most obvious, maddening detail goes undocumented... in college, it took me four years to figure out that the Age of Reason, the Age of Johnson, the Age of Satire and the Age of the Essay were all the same 150 years... and that they overlapped with the Romantic age. Nobody TELLS you that...they just talk like it's four different time periods between the end of the PUritan Era and some murky deadline around the time Dickens was born. @#$%ing scholars.

Angela said...

Oh my Lord, that remote looks very scary! Thanks for the laugh!

Nina said...

Julie, my husbean has taught art history, so I emailed your blog and question to him. Voila, one of the university art instructors was right there, available, and had an immediate impression.

She said it is a design known as the "gluttonous monster", called "taotieh". It was used during the Shang dynasty (1700-1050 BC), and Zhou which followed (the two main Bronze age dynasties), and possibly the next following, the Tang dynasty.

At least, that's what I believe he told me! ;)

Here is an interesting link (for a huge close up of a taotieh, and for more monsters, heh-heh):

http://www.arthistory-archaeology.umd.edu/resources/modules/monsters/sld008.htm

Cheers!

Julie said...

Thank you, Nina, that was very helpful, and I appreciate the info.

Hahaha. I freakin' love the internet.