|Queens College, Daghlian Collection of Chinese Art, photo by Brita Helgesen 01/24/14. (PD)|
Six Dynasties China is particularly interesting; while it was a long period of political upheaval, it was also a time of cultures intermingling. Longtime Museum readers know how much I love those for their fresh, fascinating results, and here's proof right here. Traditional Chinese art standards were mixed with influences from Buddhism as it infiltrated popular thought, as well as from Central Asian ruling classes. I love that this long-ago potter felt free as a result to make a perfect little dog and - bonus style points - extend his spots to the bowl around him.