A vase ( /ˈvɑːz/, /ˈveɪs/, or /ˈveɪz/) is an open container, often used to hold cut flowers. It can be made from a number of materials including ceramics and glass. The vase is often decorated and thus used to extend the beauty of its contents.
Vases are defined as having a certain anatomy. Lowest is the foot, a distinguishable base to the piece. The design of the base may be bulbous, flat, carinate, or another shape. Next, the body, which forms the main and often largest portion of the piece. Resting atop the body is the shoulder, where the body curves inward. Then the neck, where the vase is given more height. Lastly, the lip, where the vase flares back out at the top. All these attributes can be seen in the picture at right. Many vases are also given handles. Today, the shapes of vases have evolved from the conventional ones to modern designs and shapes.
The vase has also developed as an art medium unto itself. The ancient Greeks famously used vases to depict scenes. It has since been developed and in 2003 the winner of the Turner Prize was Grayson Perry, for vase art.
... The Sisyphus Painter was an Apulian red-figure vase painter ... the most influential painters in the Apulian vase painting tradition, and thus in all South Italian vase painting ... Especially on larger vases he showed his quality as a painter of heads, often depicted in a three-quarter profile ...
... The Football Association Challenge Vase, commonly known as the FA Vase, is a knockout cup competition in English football, organised by and named after The Football Association (t ... to the existing FA Trophy, the lower-level teams entered the new FA Vase ... As of 2013, the Vase is open to all clubs in levels five to seven of the National League System, equivalent to levels nine to eleven of the overall ...
... The Shuvalov Painter was an Attic vase painter of the red-figure style, active between 440 and 410 BC, i.e ... name was allocated by John Beazley, who chose for a name vase an amphora that is now at the Hermitage Museum, St ... the Shuvalov Painter on display in Berlin is one of the most famous erotic works of ancient Greek vase painting ...
... For more details on this topic, see FA Vase ... The first FA Vase final was won by Hoddesdon Town of the Spartan League who, despite being regarded as underdogs, beat Epsom Ewell of the Surrey Senior League ... seasons, Billericay Town won the competition to become the first team to win the Vase on three occasions, a feat matched in 2010 by Whitley Bay ...
... The bumpa (Standard Tibetan bum.pa), or pumpa, is a ritual vase with a spout used in Tibetan Buddhist rituals and empowerments ... There are two kinds of bumpa the tso bum, or main vase, and the le bum or activity vase ... The main vase is usually placed in the center of the mandala, while the activity vase is placed on the Lama's table and is used by the Chöpön, or ritual specialist ...
Famous quotes containing the word vase:
“Kitsch is the daily art of our time, as the vase or the hymn was for earlier generations. For the sensibility it has that arbitrariness and importance which works take on when they are no longer noticeable elements of the environment. In America kitsch is Nature. The Rocky Mountains have resembled fake art for a century.”
—Harold Rosenberg (19061978)
“Forgotten and stinking they stick in the can.
And the vase breaths better and all, and all.
And so for the end of our life to a man,
Just over, just over and all.”
—Gwendolyn Brooks (b. 1917)
“We must rest here, for this is where the teacher comes.
On his desk stands a vase of tears.”
—John Ashbery (b. 1927)