My love has made me selfish. I cannot exist without you – I am forgetful of every thing but seeing you again – my Life seems to stop there – I see no further. You have absorb’d me. I have a sensation at the present moment as though I was dissolving – I should be exquisitely miserable without the hope of soon seeing you … I have been astonished that Men could die Martyrs for religion – I have shudder’d at it – I shudder no more – I could be martyr’d for my Religion – Love is my religion – I could die for that – I could die for you.
—  A letter written from John Keats (1795-1821) to Fanny Brawne (1800-1865) in 1819.

Dish with moon and plum blossoms motif (달매화나무 무늬 접시)

Joseon dynasty

19th century

The body of this dish is made of numerous layers of paper, and paper in thick layers can be used for various structural purposes. During the Joseon dynasty, Korean paper (hanji)—known for having the texture and resilience of silk—was in high demand not only domestically but also in China, for making books and paintings. Used paper in particular was repurposed in a variety of areas, such as clothing, craft, and furniture.

From the Asian Art Museum.

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Mirror, Spain 1895-1910

This large and extremely heavy mirror appears to be constructed of more than twenty separate parts, excluding the sculpted appliqués. Its base element and support would be the flat recessed background to which the outer moulding and inner oval frame are attached. The frame is damascened overall in gold that is generally flat, but which is interspersed with elements worked into very low relief. Attached to the frame are some fourteen separate chiselled three-dimensional sculptures.