Traditional Chinese woman's wear. Embroidered silk with side closures.
This view shows how the textile artist conceptualized of the embroidery as flowing around the woman's figure. It also highlights how the garment is one continuous piece of silk wrapped around, rather than pieced together as much modern clothing is today.
Image of a Manchu woman's shoe, showing "platform" heel that also made movement somewhat difficult for women, but did not entail the pain of the Chinese footbinding practice.
Larger teapot with white glaze and painted landscape scenery of mountains in the distance, pavilion in the foreground.
Portion of a woman's robe showing silk embroidered pommegranites, the fruit popularly referred to as "buddha hands", vases filled with peonies and peaches in bowls.
Bottom of seal with example of calligraphic seal script, commonly used for seals in China.
The so-called Phoenix Hall at the temple, Byodoin, in Uji. Built in 1053 by Fujiwara Yorimichi, the Phoenix Hall contains the Amida sculpture carved by Jocho, and the compound attempts to represent on earth the western paradise of Pure Land Buddhism. This image shows the Amida Hall as seen from directly across the pond directly in front of the hall. Because of the placement of the pond, the hall cannot be approached directly from the front, perhaps a physical assertion of the Heian aesthetic preference for indirection.
Two four-armed figures display "the divine embrace" of wisdom and compassion. Possibly a representation of the wrathful diety Yamantaka and his consort, although lacking in the attribute of dead being trampled.Said to be from the Tibetan region of China.
This image shows the continuation, or perhaps end, of the landscape image. The borders on the top and bottom are meant to evoke a sense of brocade, with the image then appearing like a ceramic version of a handscroll.
Interior of bowl shows attention to detail and close observation of an actual lotus. The cloissone artist may have been working from a painting of a lotus given the multiple perspectives represented here.
Painted ink on paper image of the Pure Land Buddha Amida. May also be a representation of Amitayus, "The Buddha of Long Life" based on the iconography of the 'long life' symbol on the deity's robe. Purchased in the early 1980's in Taiwan.
This detail shows the haste with which this type of object was made in the swerving double lines at the top and the splashed ink trees on the right.
Partaially glazed earthenware teapot.
Bottom of bowl showing metalwork rim as well as "bottom" of the lotus image.
Tobacco or snuff holder made of silver.
Series of images showing the US involvement in Asia over the first half of the 20th century. In this final section, the US portrayed as Uncle Sam is defeated by the rising sun of Mao Zedong.
Series of images showing US involvement in Asia during the first half of the 20th century. Of interest in this series is the emphasis on the US backing of the Guomindang.
Depicts the wrathful deity Mahakala with three Gelukpa lamas above [most likelyTsongkapa and his two main disciples] and images of Green and White Tara below. Said to be from the Tibetan region of China.
The top of the pedestal dish shows more auspicious symbols, the most prominent being the image of peaches at the center of the plate. Peaches represent longevity in Chinese culture.
This image shows how the artist carried the landscape scene around the pot, rather than simply create one on each side.
Small glazed ceramic container used for holding water for grinding ink on a Chinese ink stone. Mark on bottom gives Daoguang era of Qing dynasty as date.
Hat put on infant or young child in order to protect it from evil spirits.
Image of bottom of ink stone water dropper showing Daoguang reignmark painted under translucent glaze.
Embroidered purse of about 3 inches square sowing images of butterflies and peonies. Given the subject matter of the images, it was probably used by a woman.
Sword made of coins threaded onto a string. Said to have been hung over the cots of newborn babies to ward off evil spirits.