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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.

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    Seal

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

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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 Wheel of life
    Wheel of life

    Also sometimes called the "Wheel of Transmigration". Ink and color on cloth painting depicting the six possible paths of Buddhist rebirth. Rippling of image shows effects of keeping scrolls rolled up over long periods of time. Said to be from the Tibetan region of China.

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    Section of a Mandala

    Gold and color on cloth painting of repeated Buddha images within concentric circles fashioned as open lotus leaves. Most likely cropped from a larger composition and re-mounted.

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    Chairman Mao

    Lifesize print of Chairman Mao Zedong. Red inscription along the bottom says "We wish Chairman Mao long life". Righthand side says "Respectfully donated by a Red Guard organization".

  • Thumbnail for Yixing teapot - bottom
    Yixing teapot - bottom

    Bottom of Yixing teapot showing impression of seal.

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

    Pedestal dish with underglaze enamel painting. Bat motif seen as lucky in China.

  • Thumbnail for Cloissone bowl
    Cloissone bowl

    Large cloissone bowl with lotus motif. Possibly used in Buddhist ceremonies as an offering dish.

  • Thumbnail for Woman's apron
    Woman's apron

    Another example of a garment worn like a Western style apron by Chinese women, but not utilized in the kitchen. This piece shows a number of symbols including the butterfly which represents old age along with the stylized long-life symbol.

  • Thumbnail for Bridal skirt ornament
    Bridal skirt ornament

    Embroidered frontispiece thought to have been worn by brides after the wedding ceremony. Each dangling portion carries good luck motifs.

  • Thumbnail for Embroidered wall hanging
    Embroidered wall hanging

    Embroidered wall hanging depicting a wish for successful completion of the civil service exams.

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

    Bottom view shows hollow pedestal foot of the dish.

  • 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.