Animals of asian art

Animals of Asian history and the modern age on canvas, cast in metal and sculpted.

This bronze wine vessel was cast in the image of a buffalo. A lid comprised of the animal's head, neck back and tail sits a top a fully detailed body. The texture, though now very rough, would have been smooth. The artist took great care to detail the animal in a natural, realistic manner. We even see the indentions of the legs as they meet the hooves. The muscles of the buffalo's turned neck are gracefully apparent. The animals' face deceits as relaxed joy.
This ritual wine vessel, cast in bronze, depicts the form of a horse in abstract. The animal is covered with reliefs of animals and patterns of geometric shapes. Though abstract, the proportions of the figure mimic the natural form of a horse, giving a great impression of the animal.
A ceramic vessel formed into the shape of a mythical character resembling a large cat with hooves. The artist used lines to give this vessel form. Bold lines hint at a furry main and whiskers while long lines on the animal's rump suggest a trail. The open mouth of the vessel gives character the the animal. Is it, perhaps, panting?
Two panels of ink, tempera and gofun on gold leaf on paper each depicting a different variety of crane. The cranes bathe in rivers with their young. The artist utilized color in these paintings to differentiate the types of birds while also keeping with a consistent theme. Using gold leaf as the mid-tone, the artist was able to create contrast with both black and white, making the cranes the focus of each panel.
Figure of an Elephant is a large sculpture of an elephant. Painted cool blue, grey with flowers on it's ears and a red collar, this statue is typical of the whimsical art that was shipped to the Americas during the 17th century. The elephant sits relaxed his face casually facing the viewer. It is suggested by the way the animal leans backward the he has just moved into the position to look at his audience. We can see a bit of curiosity in it's gaze.
This small rat was hand carved out of ivory. The feet and face of the animal were carved with great detail. Dark lines act as the finishing touches, giving dimension and a natural look to the animal. The rat may have been given as a gift for some one who was born in the year of the rat.
Cat and lobster is a 2 dimensional painting of a white cat with a lobster in it's mouth. The dark blue background was used in contrast to the cat. The animal is decorated with a large circle of red filled with another green circle in the area of it's stomach. Large almond shaped eyes become the focal point of the painting.
A black horse, ornately decorated with a gold, red and green saddle and bridle. The animal is 2 dimensional, though the artist gave proportion by highlighting the legs in the foreground with light blue lines. A black and gold dotted pattern frame the top and bottom. Standing in front of a red background gives high contrast and dimension to this piece.
Netsuke, Tanuki as a Priest is a sculpture of a half man, half squirrel. The squirrel side the statue is clothed in armor. The human half wears a long garment and caries a cane. To help the viewer see both aspects of this piece the artist used dark lines to bring focus to the warrior squirrel while keeping the priest, in pure white.
Two rats at first appearing the same with red, yellow and black lines. The artist gave these animals form with thick brush strokes. The painting is asymmetrically balanced by the 2 spots of red and black above the animals and one below. Utilizing only three colors gives harmony to this painting.
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