In school we went to the The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, sainsbury is an art gallery and museum located on the campus of the University of East Anglia, Norwich,England. The building, which contains a collection of world art, was one of the first major public buildings. The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts building was opened in 1978. It was designed between 1974 and 1976 by the then relatively unknown architect Norman Foster. ‘In 1973 Robert Sainsbury and Lady Lisa Sainsbury donated to the university their collection of over 300 artworks and objects, which they had been accumulating since the 1930s. The collection has since increased in size to several thousand works spanning over 5000 years of human endeavour, including pieces by Jacob Epstein, Henry Moore (numerous sculptures can be found dotted around the grounds of the university), Alberto Giacometti, and Franis Bacon, alongside art from Africa (including a ‘Fang Reliquary Head’ from Gabon and the Nigerian ‘Head of an Oba’), Asia, North and South America, the Pacific region, medieval Europe and the ancient Mediterranean.’-By Wikipedia
1.‘Figure of Hathor or a queen’ ,Egypt,Ptolemaic Period(c.150 BC), Gold, Acquired 1968
This is the first pieces that I saw in museum. They put some miniatures together. Among them this miniatures is really small but dedicated. I can’t find why this small piece was made but I guess it made for to celebrate the Queen of Egypt and buried with her when Queen was dead.
2.’Hornbill carving’ Northern New Ireland, Late 19th century(c. 1880), wood, shell, opercula, pigment, Acquired 1986
“This is a sculpture of the Papuan hornbill, a large bird native to New Ireland. Carved also with a frigate bird, two skeletal fish and a human figure, it is thought to have been from a Totenboot (mortuary boat). The carving would have been mounted on a canoe displayed at the climax of the Malagan, a series of feasts and ceremonies in which the dead were honoured.”-(http://scva.ac.uk/art-and-artists/highlights/hornbill-carving) When I saw this I thought the lion king Musical that I saw the last month. Because the pattern is really beautiful and it’s really similar pattern with the lion’s costume. At first I don’t know what is this using for but after I research I think it is the some carved when we ceremony the dead person..
3. ‘Ladle’, Northwest coast, North America, Tlingit or Haida people, Mid 19th century, Mountain sheep horn, walrus ivory, abalone shell, copper, Acquired 1958.
I can’t find the importation of this piece too. I choose this one because of the ladle’s handle. The handle was carved with the people face, the face was quite funny but it was dedicated. Also I love the blue color shell. This piece name is ladle but I think in the past they will not used for the common ladle, I guess they used it for the ceremony tool or the symbol for the king’s power.
4.’Little dancer aged fourteen'(1880-1881)(cast c.1922), Edgar Degas(1834-1917),production place: France, Bronze, fabric, Acquired 1938
The sculpture is two-thirds life-size and was originally sculpted in wax, an unusual choice of medium for the time. It is dressed in a real bodice, tutu and ballet slippers and has a wig of real hair. All but a hair ribbon and the tutu are covered in wax. The 28 bronze repetitions that appear in museums and galleries around the world today were cast after Degas’ death. When I saw this statue I think it’s so delicate, pose is lovely and the mix materials was nice. Than after I saw the artist I really surprised. Edgar Degas, he was a French artist famous for his paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings. As usual I love his painting so It’s really amazed I saw his statue. In Korea I really hard to see the famous artist’s work.
5.’Raven rattle’ North America, Northwest Coast, Haida or Tlingit people, Mid 19th century, wood, leather, pebbles, pigment, Acquired 1982
Except the other pieces I listen some explain from the museum staff. This rattle is compose with 3 birds. Head of the rattle, on the back, and near the handle. And the monkey is sit between the bird.And the bird is with a red box. The staff told me this rattle is symbols of power, also kept by clan leaders. The raven to humankind in general and the kingfisher to the prone figure on the raven’s back so they carve the raven. Moreover she said the red box mean the sun. I really love this rattle’s symbol.
6.’Image of the Goddess Kaumari’ India,Punjab Hills, 17th century, Bronze, Acquired 1977 UEA 680
Few years ago I saw some comic about the Kaumari. It was so impressive so I still remember. Kumari is a word derive from ” Kaumarya” which means “virgin” in Sanskrit and means ” virgin god”. In Nepal, they are worshiped Kumari or Kumari Devi, is a girl who is regarded as a living goddess. A child under the age of ten is the incarnation of the goddess. Kumar was selected through rigorous eligibility and screening, will live a totally different life than before. The life of Kumari seems to be very gorgeous. But the period is not long. When menstruation begins, or when the body is scarred or blood is shed, she must quit the kumari.The government paid a monthly subsidy to them. However, girls were suffered from difficulties in social adjustment.Moreover, it is said that it is not said that it is not easy to marry. Because people think they make their husband dies early. I really interesting of these culture. I used to think that one day I would like to draw about this. So I take a picture for my future works.