Continues the treatment of political issues with detailed miniature vessels begun in 1979. The skull and the heart are two expressive images used repeatedly by Notkin. The skull symbolizes intelligence wasted and misdirected and consequently leading to death while the heart stands as the most vital organ, exposed and volnerable, overcome by apocalyptic events. "-Yixing series" refers to late-Ming dynasty (end of 16th century) Chinese unglazed ceramic vessels whose naturalistic forms had symbolic value, and which encouraged Notkin to substitute his own symbols of twentieth century apocalypse and political misjudgment.
The original object was scanned as a TIFF file on a Nikon Coolscan 4000 film scanner at approximately 4000 pixels on the long dimension. A 300 ppi JPEG file limited to 1024 pixels on the long dimension was then added to the CONTENTdm database.