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Shiva Vase

A work made of glazed earthenware.
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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  • A work made of glazed earthenware.




Ettore Sottsass
Italian, born Austria, 1917–2007
Manufactured by BD Barcelona

About this artwork

The Shiva Vase exemplifies the playful and iconoclastic nature of Ettore Sottsass’s work. Although the piece is domestic in scale, like the vases of his Ruins series, he referred to it as one of his “small, small architectures,” which he likened to ancient monuments and abandoned temples. The Shiva Vase also alludes to lingam shrines to the Hindu god that he encountered on repeated trips to India, beginning in 1961.


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Architecture and Design


Ettore Sottsass (Designer)


Shiva Vase

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

Made 1973


Glazed earthenware


24.1 × 17.8 × 7.6 cm (9 1/2 × 7 × 3 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Michael Jefferson and Heidi Mucha

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© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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