Birds on the Plate

Souvenir design for museum of Liangzhu Culture
2014
student Project at CAA





“Birds on Plate“ is a tableware serie, whose significant shape were inspired by the jade articles from the archaeological site of Liangzhu culture (3400-2250 BC).





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

During my research of various kinds of patterns on jade, this little bird pattern attracted me very much. This kind of pattern 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 to a series of tableware. Through this paraphrasing, the former emperor symbol became normal daily objects, which are for everyone accessible - in another words, instead of on socle, the birds are stranding nowadays on tables.



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