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  • Thumbnail for Stucco head of Buddhist divinity
    Stucco head of Buddhist divinity

    This probably comes from a site (Hadda or Taxila) in present day Afghanistan. These pieces are noteworthy for their great antiquity. They display characteristics of a late Hellenistic visual language synthesized with that of contemporary northern India. Aside from their obvious historical and art historical significance, they could also be useful in broader academic discussions of processes we now call globalization in antiquity.

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    Tiger claw

    Mounted in gold filigree setting depicting a Naga or dragon. The records indicate that this is a piece of ""Royal Javanese"" jewelry. It is a very finely crafted work. The exquisitely delicate gold-work contrasts with the bold, organic simplicity of the tiger's claw to make a striking visual impression. Qing dynasty Chinese product, or a Javanese version of a Chinese piece done by a Chinese jeweler living in Java.

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    Japanese Surimono woodblock print by Katsushika Hokusai 1760-1849

    5 x 7 1/8 Japanese woodblock print of Surimono with Jurojin, geisha and child.

  • Thumbnail for Japanese Genji woodblock print
    Japanese Genji woodblock print

    Possibly a 7 3/4 x 7 1/8 Japanese woodblock print of a scene from Tale of Genji.

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    Stucco Buddha head artifact

    13 X 10 1/2 X 9 1/2 artifact of a mortar over brick core Buddha head. Ayutthaya style. Northern Thailand (or possibly from a Laotian monument constructed in the Ayutthaya style).

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    Leather shadow puppet

    An unidentified male hero. The only iconographic clue to his specific identity is his dark color, which suggests that this may have served as an image of Kresna (Krishna) in the Mahabharata epic.

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    Matted Balinese painting

    Unidentified narrative depicting a man and two monkeys, one of which is impaled and tied onto a pole, Batuan

  • Thumbnail for Bronze Venugopala Krishna
    Bronze Venugopala Krishna

    This item has been provided with a separate “flute†that is not part of the original design. The wear on the figure indicates many decades of worship (puja). Given its size it was probably used in the household shrine of a prosperous family. For instructional purposes it would be useful in illustrating a local, South Asian mode of ritually engaging images that stands in sharp contrast with the exclusively visual experience authorized following the re-classification of such icons as ""art"" objects. From the Bengal state.

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    Painted wood window frame and doors.

    Made for retail sale as a hanging display. Rajasthan, India. This is a traditional form painted on both sides to be seen from inside the house and out, however it was made for sale and display rather than architectural use. The paint has given an artificially antiqued surface treatment to enhance its marketability.

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    Kulit souvenir

    This Javanese roundel is a tourist souvenir, but have been grouped with a set of Balinese shadow puppers as accessories.

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    Swing throne for deity

    Object used in religious rituals.

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    Commercial weights of bronze alloy

    Initially identified as ancient ""Siamese"" stone weights. They are obviously not stone but metal. Subject matter and style suggest that they may have come from South India or Sri Lanka. Analogous temple carving style make dating difficult. One is a hamsa (celestial bird), the other represents a composite creature commonly called a yali. The yali is much more worn than the hamsa, suggesting greater age. They are in a simple yet refined style, adding an aesthetic touch to routine commercial transactions dependent upon standardized measures. They do not appear to be from the same set, but from the same tradition and system. It would be interesting to compare the weights of the two. The strong, abstract modeling of these items, especially of the yali, are likely to appeal to modern sculptural tastes.

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    Balinese painting on canvas

    Painting on canvas of Calonarang ceremony located in a generic temple, featuring the confrontation of Barong (Banaspati raja) and Rangda (Durga). Above are typical images of village life. Painted in the colorful naïve style associated with the village of Peliatan near Ubud.

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    Wooden ornament

    It is carved on both sides depicting a female dancer flanked by red and green nagas. Possibly belonging to a musical instrument, a processional vehicle or a temple ornament. Holes drilled beneath the nagas indicate that it was once fastened to a larger assembly.

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    Household altarpieces

    Guanyin with wooden stand flanked by a pair of potted plum trees. Made of porcelain.

  • Thumbnail for Porcelain bowl
    Porcelain bowl

    Reign marks on base should be identified by a specialist but point to construction during the Qing dynasty.

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    Silver box

    Said to be a Burmese silver box in the shape of a mangosteen. Similar in manufacture to the Sri Lankan silver boxes in the collection.

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    Balinese painting

    A scene depicting foot and boat traffic in foreground with rice planting and temples in the background. Peliatan(?)

  • Thumbnail for Winged lion (simha)
    Winged lion (simha)

    Possibly an architectural detail. Carved wood.

  • Thumbnail for Leather shadow puppet
    Leather shadow puppet

    Twalen, one of the Balinese Wayang Kulit clowns.

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    Bronze bowl

    Signs of the zodiac. This is a vessel for sacred liquids prepared and used in Hindu Tantric ritual. In the interior bottom is a strange, quasi-anthropomorphic (phallic?) figure. It appears to have a Kadiri inscription of 4 characters above the sign for Sagittarius. Mummy-like anthropomorphs are repeated above the zodiac, interspersed with figures in the so-called East Javanese Wayang style. This is a very old and significant ritual object. The figures on the surface are ancestral to the Wayang Kulit puppets in the Dickinson collection. At one time it would have had a lid. An almost identical piece, with lid, is published among the national treasures of Indonesia's National Museum in Art of Indonesia: Pusaka, H. Soebadio (ed), 1992, page 114).

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    Large wooden standing Buddha

    Gilded lacquer with glass inlay on borders of robe. The gap between arm and body on his left side is distinctive to later Burmese images. It is a fine piece of the sort that might have been flanked in a ritual display by attendants such as those just discussed. It's more routine, stiffer modeling and expressiveness provides a useful point of contrast to the two extraordinarily fine attendants.

  • Thumbnail for One of pair of Balinese paintings of women
    One of pair of Balinese paintings of women

    This pair of paintings is illustrative of a mode of routine production in which Balinese culture is transformed into a marketable commodity and a way of making a living in the developing cash economy of 20th century Indonesia. Dickinson accesssioned items 1985.8.41.5 through 10 are similar to these, but depict less idealized female activities.

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    Matted Balinese painting

    Unidentified narrative depicting man shot with an arrow in the landscape. Un unfinished pencil sketch is on the reverse. Batuan

  • Thumbnail for One of three Balinese paintings of cockfight
    One of three Balinese paintings of cockfight

    Three paintings depicting cock fights. Two are probably from Peliatan and one from Ubud.