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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 carving of a mouse eating a persimmon

    The bushy tail leads the viewer to suspect that it may be a squirrel. One of the inlaid eyes is missing. Apparently made for retail sale.

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    Fishermen painting

    15 1/8 X 6 3/4 watercolor and ink painting of fishermen by the shore.

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    Bodhisattva Sculpture

    Carved wooden sculpture of the Bodhisattva Kuan Yin (Guanyin). Painted wood. The Bodhisattva wears a beaded necklace that crosses at navel and extends to shins. A third row of beads extends down between the legs. A circular medallion enclosing a diamond pattern is just above the knees on the central axis. Two sashes extend down on either side of the legs. The right hand exhibits an unusual mudra for an image in this style. The left hand holds a drooping flower bud. This is a finely crafted piece, and it is also a puzzle. This is carved in the so-called ""columnar"" style of the Northern Qi dynasty (late 6th century CE), but it cannot be that old. Wooden Buddhist sculpture of that time period is virtually non-existent except for a few fragments found in central Asia. Many surviving wooden Buddhist images date to the Song Dynasty, however they are rendered in a later, and more fluid, naturalistic style radically different from this image. Perhaps this piece is from a later provincial temple in which an archaizing style was deliberately adopted (as was commonly done in the painting tradition)? It could be some kind of modern forgery, but it is highly unlikely. If a modern forger wished to pass of such an image as a Qi dynasty piece he would be an utter fool to make it of wood.

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    Cinnebar boxes

    Two red-stained, carved Cinnabar Boxes with black lacquered interior.

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    One of group of six Balinese paintings of women

    Six virtually identical paintings varying slightly in size depicting four bare breasted Balinese women surrounding a fifth operating a traditional loom ( a skill important to her desirability as a wife). This set 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 1985.8.41.11 and 12 are similar to the other six, but depict other idealized female activities: applying cosmetics, dressing and making flower ornaments.

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    Matted Balinese painting

    Unidentified narrative depicting a person and monkey in a banyan tree above a reclining cow. Batuan

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    Matted Balinese painting

    Woman with offerings headed toward a shrine accompanied by a young boy. Batuan

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    Matted Balinese painting

    Unidentified narrative depicting a holy man in the forest, Batuan

  • Thumbnail for One of group of six Balinese paintings of women
    One of group of six Balinese paintings of women

    Six virtually identical paintings varying slightly in size depicting four bare breasted Balinese women surrounding a fifth operating a traditional loom ( a skill important to her desirability as a wife). This set 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 1985.8.41.11 and 12 are similar to the other six, but depict other idealized female activities: applying cosmetics, dressing and making flower ornaments.

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    Leather shadow puppet

    This is a Kayonan or Gunung, representing the cosmic tree/mountain. It is used with a fluttering motion by the puppeteer (dalang) to open and close a performance of the Wayang Kulit. It functions as a cosmic axis, both linking and separating the forces of light and dark, the gods and the demons whose interaction informs the drama of worldly life. Both the tree and mountain indicate the link between the coarse (sakala) world of everyday life and the subtle (niskala) realm of invisible beings made visible to human eyes in the form of flickering shadows. The dalang symbolically invites the audience to metaphorically climb the cosmic tree to the subtle realms above.

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    Lacquer box

    In shape of a peacock. It is painted in complex red and black patterns, somewhat after the Chinese manner. The bird however is a cross between a local chicken and an Indian peacock. It is unclear what this might have been made for, but it appears to be 75-100 years old or more.

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    One of three Balinese paintings of procession

    Three paintings illustrating a procession of cremation towers. 16 is probably from Ubud, 17 and 18 from Peliatan. The Ubud painting includes an image of a bull-shaped sarcophagus, indicating a royal (satria) funeral.

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    Matted Balinese painting

    Unidentified narrative depicting a man attacked by dogs at the entrance of a house compound. Batuan

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    Matted Balinese painting

    Unidentified narrative depicting a woman carrying a dead(?) child toward a shrine. Batuan

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    Balinese painting

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

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    Balinese painting

    Gamelan player

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    Matted Balinese painting

    Rodent and boy. Unidentified narrative, Batuan

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    Leather shadow puppet

    Merdah, one of the Balinese Wayang Kulit clowns.

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    Japanese women woodblock print by Yoshitsuma?

    9 13/16 x 14 5/16 Japanese wooblock print of women outside.

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    Japanese colored lithograph-#5

    20x26 Japanese colored lithograph depicting one of the eight scenes from the Sino-Japanese War.

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    Balinese painting

    Dance and music offering in a temple. Peliatan(?)

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    Two Balinese paintings of boys playing

    Two paintings depicting a group of boys playing a fighting game using padded poles. Peliatan(?)