Pair vases, which decorated the entrances, fireplaces, window openings and other elements of the interior, did not require any filling and were self-sufficient objects. In the era of the Empire, paired vases were firmly strengthened even as architectural elements. The classic “imperial” bowls and vases of malachite are also in the collection of the “Gallery of Gems”. Such vases are always placed on a pedestal, in this case of malachite, with applied gold plated bronze overlays in the form of ribbons.
A large number of vases are kept in the museums of the world, which amaze modern people who always ask the same question: “How was this done ?!”. And, perhaps, a vase can be called a subject in this plan mysterious, almost fabulous. Indeed, how could it be three or four thousand years ago to carve a vase with a smooth ovoid bottom out of stone and balance it so that it does not collapse and stands perfectly even, and the area of contact between the bottom and the surface on which it stands is like an egg? This is still quite difficult, even in ceramics.
However, we in vain refuse our ancestors in ingenuity, skill and talent. After all, the same primitive man managed to break off pieces of hard flint so as to get a tip that was sharp as a razor – without any tools. Having a potter’s wheel, the same Egyptians could easily grind pieces of stone, and for this it is not necessary to sweat themselves: you can use the power of domestic animals. Even in the 18th century, Russian stone cutters sometimes had the same set of tools as their ancient colleagues, and their works are in the Hermitage: the same Queen of green vases from Kolyvan wavy jasper, the largest vase in the world. The Queen of VAZ is made in the form of an oval bowl on the leg. A bowl with a large diameter is more than five meters and cut from a single piece of jasper.
But the most mysterious thing in the vase is its ancient symbolism: it is the womb of the mother goddess and at the same time a precious vessel, the source of prosperity, health and long life. A bowl-shaped vase has an ancient magical meaning in many cultures. In Irish legends, food never ended in magical bowls at feasts; Celtic magic cauldron gives fertility and abundance, and the famous Holy Grail gives immortality, absolution and other benefits. At the same time, the cup is the destiny of man (“let this cup pass me by”), the cup of life from which we drink.