Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Asian Art in DC

Today I have very little strength for anything that crawling into bed because spent the whole day working the Downtown Holiday Market in DC with my sister... and I'm exhausted.


I want to leave you today with some images from my visit to the Freer Sackler Galleries which are part of the Smithsonian Museum and feature Asian art.


My favorite pieces were all the amazing jewellery worn by Indian and South Pacific royalty. These pieces were mostly made of gold and encrusted with precious stone in intricate designs.


Civilizations from the Far East have been know through the ages as masters at the art of lacquer and inlay. Most of the pieces you can find there are small with amazing designs that today would cost a fortune because of the amount of time it would take to make the due to the super small size of the pieces.


I loved this guy at the top because I thought he looked a lot like Shrek and was reminded that once a famous pottery designer said that he takes his inspiration from antiques at museums... so, do you think our favorite ogre was inspired out of ancient Asian pottery?

Have an amazing day my friends!

36 comments:

  1. Haha! He does look at Shrek! I actually took a Japanese art history class in college and loved it. Crazy how old some of that stuff is.

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  2. How pretty! All of that jewelry is stunning.
    xo Josie
    www.winksmilestyle.com

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  3. lovely and yes! look at beautiful shrek and his big ole spout!

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  4. I love these pieces. I do see the Shrek resemblance:)

    *Erin

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  5. The jewellery in the 1st picture is amazing! And yes, that little guy does look like Shrek! Loves it! :)SarahD

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  6. That jewelry is beautiful! And omg he does look like Shrek!! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Where's Donkey? Just kidding - but that is Shrek

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  8. AMAZING PIECES, LOVE THEM ALL!!!
    XXX

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  9. Asian art is always so beautiful and unique.

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  10. Hi - lovely to meet you over the 'blogosphere' and thanks for stopping by at Dolliedaydream!

    I love the little Shrek pottery lol - he looks very interesting. I miss living in Lodnon sometimes having so much choice with galleries and museums.

    Pls can we swap some Miami sunshine for some UK hailstones? I loved watching Miami Ink lol when it was on tv over here! - Kisses Kitty

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  11. Gorgeous! Those necklaces in the first picture would be killer with a black turtleneck, yes? Too bad the Smithsonian would frown on that. :)

    -Ashley
    http://lerougestylo.blog.com

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  12. amazing pictures! The first one I especially like.

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  13. Oh my goodness, can't get over the necklaces!

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  14. The jewelry is aweosome!!!
    Nice pics!
    xxx
    S
    http://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.com

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  15. wow. everything looks so amazing.

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  16. stunning pieces! thanks for sharing!

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  17. You poor thing-sounds like a crazy week!

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  18. I love viewing art collections filled with jewelry. So pretty.

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  19. he does look like shrek, get some rest!

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  20. these are great...
    i have such a love/hate relationship with oceanic art...i was an art history major and the biggest jerk professor i ever encountered was for oceanic art....made me completely hate the realm...so i had to re-introduce myself to its beauty a few years back....
    hope you get some rest.
    xo,
    katie

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  21. Fabulous necklace, I see taking that one out for a stroll....rest up and take care of yourself.

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  22. He does look like Shrek! That made me smile. These pieces are so exquisite!

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  23. Wow that necklace is insane!!! Love it!

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  24. Wow! These pieces are amazing. I think someone was definitely inspired by that last piece. Thanks for sharing these, they are absolutely beautiful. Get some rest.
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  25. holiday markets are always fun!!!!

    holiday gifts are too! come by and check out the holiday gift to give that's ON SALE on my blog today! !:)

    xx.M

    www.bellesandrebelles.blogspot.com

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  26. beautiful stuff here. i'm especially enjoying that first photo. and that last photo definitely does look like Shrek.

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  27. Loely pieces...makes me wish I had such great art at home...

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  28. that first piece is absolutely stunning! x

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  29. wow that necklace is soo gorgeous! amazing artwork!

    xx

    Erin @ http://www.trufflesnruffles.com/

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  30. You're so right about the Shrek resemblance. Wonderful art and necklace

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  31. Such lovely pieces!!
    aimee
    www.new-yorkdoll.blogspot.com
    xxx

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  32. the art is amazing. oh i'd love to have that necklace. wow.

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  33. The Smithsonian will never get old for me. Lovely finds.

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