“Buddha and Pedestal” from Myanmar (Burma)

While at the Crocker Museum, we strolled through the Asian galleries and found this small, but finely executed 19th century Buddha Shakyamuni (or Siddhartha Gautama, Lord Buddha). Such images are common in Bagan, Myanmar, but this one is unique in that the artist used marble for the head, hands, and feet, wood for the body,… Continue reading “Buddha and Pedestal” from Myanmar (Burma)

Meissen Porcelain at the Crocker Museum

China had perfected the art of porcelain manufacturing long before the West, and by the 17th century the Dutch East India Company was supplying Europe with these beautiful wares, which represented refinement, taste, culture, and social level. Meissen Porcelain Manufactory in Germany was the first company in Europe to develop hard-paste porcelain and take it… Continue reading Meissen Porcelain at the Crocker Museum