Current Location:
Daniel and Pamella DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health -> Lobby Level (DCIH)
Location Notes:
DCIH; Lobby Level; Near Room 002 and the connector to CHS

Untitled (Indian Paper Mache Vase)

Artist Unknown
Gift of Phillip P. and E. Joyce Versluis
Hand-painted Paper Mache
Artworks - Height: 53" Width: 16"
Tall paper mache vase with hand painted floral decor throughout. Base of the vase is a dark red/purple, flowers are all colors with hints of gold. Floral areas are also raised, or have been sculpted on the vase.
Historical Context:
Papier Mache was introduced to India in the 14th century by the Persian mystic Mir Syed Ali Hamdani. The Persian method of making papier mache melded with similar art forms from Central Asia, and a unique form of the art was born. Papier Mache is created from a paper pulp that is soaked in water and then ground using a stone mortar. The pulp is left to dry, then mixed with atji, a glue made from rice. The paper and glue mixture is often formed around a mold made of clay or wood, which allows for areas that are slightly raised. Once the shape is formed, thin paper is laid over the entire piece to create a smooth layer that can easily be painted. The last step is to hand-paint the object using tiny brushes to create the detailed patterns and designs.