Nepalese brass artifact of a seated monk. The robes & begging bowl indicate a monk. His head is shaved in the front, but three long strands of hair cascade down his back. His robe displays Chinese designs only visible from the back. He holds a vajra in his right hand and appears to wear earrings. The left earring is inlaid with what appears to be red sealing wax while the one on the right bears traces of the same material. The base conceals ritual deposits beneath a hammered copper cap marked with a crossed vajra design. All of these metal images were originally made for ritual use. The containers for deposits hidden within the bases indicate a category of images once valued for their efficacy. It is instructive to consider what their value is in their present situation, surrounded as they are by a society that may appreciate their visible surfaces, and yet generally dismisses the idea that images such as these can exercise power when skillfully utilized.
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.
Hands in gesture of meditation (dhyana mudra). Seated in lotus posture (padmasana).
20x26 Japanese colored lithograph depicting one of the eight scenes from the Sino-Japanese War.
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).
Ivory Guanyin with a teak stand in a glass case.
Two red-stained, carved Cinnabar Boxes with black lacquered interior.
A well-dressed woman in dance posture. Batuan
Woman with offerings headed toward a shrine accompanied by a young boy. Batuan
Small, broad bowl with light bluish green glaze.
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 1918.104.22.168 and 12 are similar to the other six, but depict other idealized female activities: applying cosmetics, dressing and making flower ornaments.
Legong dancer. Two ornate signatures in 3 different scripts painted and inked at the top: ID BG.S Md. NUPEN (Ida Bagus Made Nupen) and Id.B.M. Permai (Ida Bagus Made Permai), Batuan.
Unidentified narrative depicting a boy in a rice paddy holding a red, five-branched stick attracting dragon flies (or flying termites?). Batuan
Small lobed bowl with bluish green glaze; design embossed on interior.
Reign marks on base should be identified by a specialist but point to construction during the Qing dynasty.
Goddess (or legong dancer) in a palanquin receiving offerings at the entrance to a house compound near the sea. Peliatan(?)
Bronze work. Probably Burmese.
Hanuman flying upside down in the sky above a Balinese landscape holding the sun painted with the image of deity. Batuan Bali. Dutch writing on reverse: Dewa Ny(? Nyoman?) Tjiela(?) 1014 [unintelligible] van Hanoeman und Dewa Renjani Batara Soerea [the sun god Surya?] gieft her nee kam (?)
Hanuman, the leader of the monkey army and loyal servant of Rama. This specific image of Hanuman would be used only once in the Wayang Kulit Ramayana performance to represent the episode in which Hanuman flies to Lanka bearing the healing herbs that will enable the distressed monkey army to rally and turn the tide in their epic struggle with the demon army.
Unidentified narrative depicting a spotted animal wrapped in the clothing of a woman as she bathes in a sacred spring, Batuan
Unidentified narrative depicting spotted animals with farming implements at a spring observed by a boy riding a buffalo, Batuan
Unidentified narrative depicting a man attacked by dogs at the entrance of a house compound. Batuan
Three paintings depicting cock fights. Two are probably from Peliatan and one from Ubud.
Woman dressed in finery. Signed in margin: â€œID.BG.PT [Ida Bagus Putu] Astawa.â€ Batuan
Woman and boy at a spring. Batuan