Month: January 2015

Iranian Islamic Art Exploring

Rustam Pursues the Div Akvan Disguised as an Onager, detail of a miniature from the Shahnama of Shah Tahmasp, painted by Muzaffar Ali, Tabriz, 1530, 47*32cm, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto.

Rustam Pursues the Div Akvan Disguised as an Onager, detail of a miniature from the Shahnama of Shah Tahmasp, painted by Muzaffar Ali, Tabriz, 1530, 47*32 cm, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto.

The Joust of Fariburz and Kalbad, detail of a miniature from the Shahnama of Shah Tahmasp, attributed to Shaykh Muhammad, Safavid era, 1540, 47.2*32 cm, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto.

The Joust of Fariburz and Kalbad, detail of a miniature from the Shahnama of Shah Tahmasp, attributed to Shaykh Muhammad, Safavid era, 1540, 47.2*32 cm, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto.

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Bijan_Takes_The_Rein_To_Aid_Gustaham-Shahnama-1493, Aga Khan Museum, Toronto.

www.agakhanmuseum.org
http://www.akdn.org/museum/

 

 

 

 

 

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Qin Dynasty(221BC-207BC)

Terracotta Warriors (221BC-207BC). Shanxi, China.

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Composition Terracotta Warriors stand in square, with commanders and horses in the front of the whole army.

Scale They’re real-human sized.

Color Black was popular during Qin. Thus their armors are black. And a large part of their body is dark. Only some skin color and a small amount of red showing the sewing seams are light-colored. Most of them lost colors within 5 min after unearthing. The color restorations now days are too pure for them.

Line Compared to Greek statues, their lines are pretty round (round shoulders, cylindrical legs, etc).

Pattern/Texture They show the detail of the armors and hairstyles precisely.

My sketches

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Sketching is a good way to learn stuff such as the costume structures, hair style and facial features. I try to draw realistically to be useful in game art, not always following their style.

See more at Emperor Qinshihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum: http://www.bmy.com.cn/

 

Prehestory (about7000bc-about3000BC)

It was a LONG time ago in China. I’m studying this because it influences the art of Qin and Han, and gives me direct examples for the art of primitive tribes.

There’re few materials to show their armors or costumes. But we can learn some accessories and patterns form their sacrificial offerings.

 

Hemudu Culture(about 7000 BC – 6000 BC), Zhejiang and Zhoushan islands, China.

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Restoration of Hemudu house. Zhejiang, China. That huge utensil in the left is for decorating use, don’t take the size seriously.

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Restoration of Hemudu house. Zhejiang, China.

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Restoration drawings from middle school history textbook 《六年级历史上册第2课<原始的农耕生活>》

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Farming tools. Hemudu museum, Zhejiang, China.

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Utensils. Hemudu museum, Zhejiang, China.

 

See more individual relics here at:

Hemudu Site Museum: http://www.hemudusite.com/CN/Index.aspx

 

Sanxingdui Site (about 5000 BC – 3000 BC). Sichuan, China. It doesn’t belong to any cultures mentioned above.

Standing Bronze Figure. Sanxingdui Museum.

Standing Bronze Figure. Sanxingdui Museum.

Bronze Mask with Gilding. Sanxingdui Museum.

Bronze Mask with Gilding. Sanxingdui Museum.

 

See more at Sanxingdui Museum: http://www.sxd.cn/en/index.html

 

Learn more about the art at that time:

Banpo: http://www.bpmuseum.com/

Liangzhu: http://www.lzmuseum.cn/Exhibition.aspx?clas