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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
Bottom of Yixing teapot showing impression of seal.
Pedestal dish with underglaze enamel painting. Bat motif seen as lucky in China.
Large cloissone bowl with lotus motif. Possibly used in Buddhist ceremonies as an offering dish.
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.
Embroidered frontispiece thought to have been worn by brides after the wedding ceremony. Each dangling portion carries good luck motifs.
Embroidered wall hanging depicting a wish for successful completion of the civil service exams.
Bottom view shows hollow pedestal foot of the dish.
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.