Yuki Hayama, ‘Vase with Sparkling and Shining Flower and Arabesque decoration’, 2016, Ippodo Gallery

Asphodelus is a plant that grows in Mediterranean coastal areas; it has long been a popular flower and was often used as a decorative motif on ancient Greek pottery and architecture. This motif was initially transmitted to the East by Alexander the Great, then traveled along the Silk Road to Dunhuang where it was transformed into the Chinese arabesque pattern. This was then transmitted to Japan during the Sui and Tang Dynasties where it was considered a noble design. The floral arabesque pattern utilizes a special technique that has been developed over many years in which blue-and-white decoration is combined with gold and this work highlights the elegance of the historical floral arabesque pattern.


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