3 5/8 by 3 5/8 inches; mixed metal. A "gao" is a reliquary, most often worn around the neck. Some are elaborate and high art pieces, with silver, gold, and jewels. Charm or amulet inside referred to as a 'tsa tsa'. A "tsa tsa" is sometimes included in a gao, and also in stupas in multiples, sometimes hundreds. It is made of clay, pressed by a mold, of a Buddha, bodhisattva, other deities, emblems, or prayers. Some tsa tsa have pieces of blessed grain or other stuff mixed with the clay; these materials have religious power and makes the gao effective against harm, attack by spirits or humans, against disease, etc. Acquired by Berea College in 1973.
Probably made in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. The metal is probably an alloy of copper, tin and zinc.
This extremely large hanging scroll depicts one of the so-called Four Gentlemen of the Confucian Scholar (the other three are bamboo, orchid, and chrysanthemum) that were favorite subjects of both Chinese and Japanese literati painters. The subjects were brushed in ink, and were popular because they contained many of the brushstrokes used for calligraphy by the literati. Each also had associations that were prized by the literati. The plum was admired for courage, because it dared to put forth its blossoms before the leaves showed themselves, blooming at New Years time and in early spring when it was still cold. It was also called one of the Three Winter Friends (along with the pine and bamboo), a New Years motif.
Porcelain punch bowl decorated with the hongs or wharves of Guangzhou. Chinese export porcelain.