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  • Thumbnail for Pink embroidered garment - front view
    Pink embroidered garment - front view

    Traditional Chinese woman's wear. Embroidered silk with side closures.

  • Thumbnail for Pink embroidered garment - back view
    Pink embroidered garment - back view

    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.

  • Thumbnail for Manchu shoe - side view
    Manchu shoe - side view

    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.

  • Thumbnail for Teapot with landscape image - front
    Teapot with landscape image - front

    Larger teapot with white glaze and painted landscape scenery of mountains in the distance, pavilion in the foreground.

  • Thumbnail for Sleeve end
    Sleeve end

    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.

  • Thumbnail for Seal
    Seal

    Bottom of seal with example of calligraphic seal script, commonly used for seals in China.

  • Thumbnail for Byodoin, Hoodo, the Phoenix Hall, at Uji
    Byodoin, Hoodo, the Phoenix Hall, at Uji

    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.

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    Tangkha

    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.

  • Thumbnail for Teapot with landscape image - opposite side
    Teapot with landscape image - opposite side

    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.

  • Thumbnail for Cloissone bowl - interior view
    Cloissone bowl - interior view

    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.

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    Amida Buddha

    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.

  • Thumbnail for Teapot with landscape image - closeup
    Teapot with landscape image - closeup

    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.

  • Thumbnail for Yixing teapot
    Yixing teapot

    Partaially glazed earthenware teapot.

  • Thumbnail for Cloissone bowl - bottom view
    Cloissone bowl - bottom view

    Bottom of bowl showing metalwork rim as well as "bottom" of the lotus image.

  • Thumbnail for Snuff holder
    Snuff holder

    Tobacco or snuff holder made of silver.

  • Thumbnail for Anti-American imperialism poster - 3 of 3
    Anti-American imperialism poster - 3 of 3

    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.

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    Anti-American imperialism poster - 2 of 3

    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.

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    Tangkha

    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.

  • Thumbnail for Dish with red bat motif - top view
    Dish with red bat motif - top view

    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.

  • Thumbnail for Teapot with landscape image - side view
    Teapot with landscape image - side view

    This image shows how the artist carried the landscape scene around the pot, rather than simply create one on each side.

  • Thumbnail for Water dropper for ink stone
    Water dropper for ink stone

    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.

  • Thumbnail for Embroidered baby hat
    Embroidered baby hat

    Hat put on infant or young child in order to protect it from evil spirits.

  • Thumbnail for Water dropper - bottom
    Water dropper - bottom

    Image of bottom of ink stone water dropper showing Daoguang reignmark painted under translucent glaze.

  • Thumbnail for Small Purse
    Small Purse

    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.

  • Thumbnail for Coin sword
    Coin sword

    Sword made of coins threaded onto a string. Said to have been hung over the cots of newborn babies to ward off evil spirits.