365, Day 17: Serendipity

365, Day 17

I have a former Religious Studies professor who periodically drops into my life and alters its course. He facilitates connections that would not have happened otherwise. He showed up again the other morning via text from Greenwich Village where he was having breakfast with an anthropology professor who I have a feeling is going to be important to me in some way. His text, and the subject of ritual and of Ancient China inspired me to look around through the online galleries of the Saint Louis Art Museum’s Asian Art Collection. This little pot is from the Shang Dynasty and has been dated from the 12th-11th century BC.  It’s earthenware and incised with little crosshatching lines. Very simple, definitely not as elaborate as some of the other pieces in the galleries.

How does an earthenware pot survive intact for this long? Who made it and why? How many hands have touched and held it? There is almost no information about the piece on the SLAM website. It’s a mystery…

(© Karen Opp. All rights reserved.)

About Karen

I am a fifty-something anthropology student, an artist, dancer, photographer, healer, mother, grandmother and perennial seeker. I am distracted by shiny things and infused with a sense of wonder at the world around me and people in general. I am a “journey” person who often wishes that I could have a “destination” day at least every now and then…
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