BIRDS ON PLATES

“Souvenir Design For Liangzhu Culture”

> 05.2015

The Liangzhu culture (3400-2250 BC) was one of the Neolithic cultures in the Yangtze River Delta of China. In its archaeological site, a large number of jade articles were discovered, which were carved with delicate patterns.  

During my research of various kinds of patterns on jade, this little bird pattern attracted me very much. These kinds of patterns are called „Birds standing on socle”, which symbolized the imperial majesty. However, from a contemporary view, which comes from outside of literature or archaeology, the shape of the bird should be described as cute and vivid instead of solemn and majestic.  

I abstracted the outline of these little birds’ pattern and applied it on a series of tableware. Through this paraphrasing, the former emperor symbol became a normal daily object, which is accessible for everyone – in another word, instead of on socles, the birds are stranding nowadays on tables. 

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