Wednesday, 11 December 2013
Back from Vienna!
This lapis lazuli bowl with gold, rubies, emeralds, pearls, garnets, and enamel was made in Milan around 1565. The dragon looks pretty Chinese, doesn't it? Marco Polo had made his voyages two hundred years before and there was some contact between Italy and China by this time. I've never seen a piece like this, though! The Kunsthistorisches Museum has hundreds of pieces like this.