July 17, 2011
I think this group looks good: a Bengali kantha is the backdrop to a large, Rajasthani cloth-covered appliqued lidded vessel and a group of five Japanese temari. The kantha is a lovely one: when viewed in its entirety is shows a tree of life surrounded by stylized, fanciful lotus and bird forms, as can be seen on the bottom of the photo, above.This vessel is really charming. It measures about 10″/ 25.5 cm in diameter and it is made of a formed reed interior that has been covered in applique cotton. Really delightful.The five colorful balls surrounding the large pot are Japanese temari. Temari are children’s toys that were originally made from leftover threads which were wound into a ball whose exterior was adorned by a complex, geometric decoration. These temari are probably from the late nineteenth through the early twentieth century.
It’s beautiful how harmonious these three seemingly disparate elements are. And I think they’re a really pleasant group to view in summer.