Four Seasons

1997 (made)

Wang, Heinrich

Height: 62 cm, Length: 34 cm, Depth: 23 cm

FE.70-1997 EAS

Glass sculpture, entitled 'Four seasons', made by Heinrich Wang, Taiwan, 1997

A rectangular block of yellow glass, with four types of plants - chrysanthemum, bamboo, orchid and prunus - issuing from a vase.

This glasswork depicts four plants traditionally associated with the four seasons in China – orchid, bamboo, chrysanthemum and plum blossom. The images are created by employing the ‘negative relief’ technique, an optical trick that enables a concave pattern to ‘pop up’ on the surface.

Bought from the artist

Location: China, room 44, case 53

View this object on the V&A website