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    Japanese carved geese

    A light wooden base topped by two geese carved in three separate pieces. Apparently made for retail sale.

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    Leather shadow puppet

    Tantric sorcery image for use in Wayang Kulit performance. Images of disarticulated body parts are used as talismans in occult Balinese ritual. This would be used in a narrative passage to indicate the casting of a spell by one of the major characters in the story.

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    Buddha on elephant throne (detail only)

    Buddha performing bhumisparsa mudra.

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    Lacquer bowl

    Carved into form of a lotus and painted with dark gold floral patterns on a black ground The interior is red and the edges of the lotus leaves and interstitial leaves are gilded. Probably a container for religious offerings. Modern Burma is noted for its lacquer ware tradition.

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    One of four puppets

    Four unidentified Wayang Golek puppets. Two are male, one is female.

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    Balinese male figure

    Part of a set;These are small statues known as pretima or pratima in Bali that likely date to the mid-twentieth century. Such objects are preserved in small temple shrines and taken out in procession on festival occasions. Their specific identities are iconographically unmarked. They are known only through context, community memory and ritual use. On occasions of temple renovation a Brahmana priest sometimes ritually repaints pretima. The male figure appears to have been repainted in this way and the female figure has not. This explains its relatively crude painting by contrast to the more refined painting on the female figure, which would have been done by an artisan at the time of its production.

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    Leather shadow puppet

    An unidentified male hero. The only iconographic clue to his specific identity is his light color, which suggests that this may have served as an image of Lakshman, brother of Rama, in the Ramayana epic.

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    Tudi gong

    Tudi gong. Chinese household deity. Image used in traditional Chinese household rituals.

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    Leather shadow puppet

    A demon attacked by a monkey warrior. To be used in a Wayang Kulit performance of the Ramayana.

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    Balinese female figure

    Part of a set;These are small statues known as pretima or pratima in Bali that likely date to the mid-twentieth century. Such objects are preserved in small temple shrines and taken out in procession on festival occasions. Their specific identities are iconographically unmarked. They are known only through context, community memory and ritual use. On occasions of temple renovation a Brahmana priest sometimes ritually repaints pretima. The male figure appears to have been repainted in this way and the female figure has not. This explains its relatively crude painting by contrast to the more refined painting on the female figure, which would have been done by an artisan at the time of its production.

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    Leather shadow puppet

    Hanuman, the leader of the monkey army and loyal servant of Rama. This specific image of Hanuman would be used only once in the Wayang Kulit Ramayana performance to represent the episode in which Hanuman flies to Lanka bearing the healing herbs that will enable the distressed monkey army to rally and turn the tide in their epic struggle with the demon army.

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    Leather shadow puppet

    An unidentified male hero. The only iconographic clue to his specific identity is his dark color, which suggests that this may have served as an image of Kresna (Krishna) in the Mahabharata epic.

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    Commercial weights of bronze alloy

    Initially identified as ancient ""Siamese"" stone weights. They are obviously not stone but metal. Subject matter and style suggest that they may have come from South India or Sri Lanka. Analogous temple carving style make dating difficult. One is a hamsa (celestial bird), the other represents a composite creature commonly called a yali. The yali is much more worn than the hamsa, suggesting greater age. They are in a simple yet refined style, adding an aesthetic touch to routine commercial transactions dependent upon standardized measures. They do not appear to be from the same set, but from the same tradition and system. It would be interesting to compare the weights of the two. The strong, abstract modeling of these items, especially of the yali, are likely to appeal to modern sculptural tastes.

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    Wooden ornament

    It is carved on both sides depicting a female dancer flanked by red and green nagas. Possibly belonging to a musical instrument, a processional vehicle or a temple ornament. Holes drilled beneath the nagas indicate that it was once fastened to a larger assembly.

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    Household altarpieces

    Guanyin with wooden stand flanked by a pair of potted plum trees. Made of porcelain.

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    Porcelain bowl

    Reign marks on base should be identified by a specialist but point to construction during the Qing dynasty.

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    Silver box

    Said to be a Burmese silver box in the shape of a mangosteen. Similar in manufacture to the Sri Lankan silver boxes in the collection.

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    Winged lion (simha)

    Possibly an architectural detail. Carved wood.

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    Leather shadow puppet

    Twalen, one of the Balinese Wayang Kulit clowns.

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    Bronze bowl

    Signs of the zodiac. This is a vessel for sacred liquids prepared and used in Hindu Tantric ritual. In the interior bottom is a strange, quasi-anthropomorphic (phallic?) figure. It appears to have a Kadiri inscription of 4 characters above the sign for Sagittarius. Mummy-like anthropomorphs are repeated above the zodiac, interspersed with figures in the so-called East Javanese Wayang style. This is a very old and significant ritual object. The figures on the surface are ancestral to the Wayang Kulit puppets in the Dickinson collection. At one time it would have had a lid. An almost identical piece, with lid, is published among the national treasures of Indonesia's National Museum in Art of Indonesia: Pusaka, H. Soebadio (ed), 1992, page 114).

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    Large wooden standing Buddha

    Gilded lacquer with glass inlay on borders of robe. The gap between arm and body on his left side is distinctive to later Burmese images. It is a fine piece of the sort that might have been flanked in a ritual display by attendants such as those just discussed. It's more routine, stiffer modeling and expressiveness provides a useful point of contrast to the two extraordinarily fine attendants.

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    One of four puppets

    Four unidentified Wayang Golek puppets. Two are male, one is female.

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    Amida Buddha

    May have originally been housed in a portable shrine. Lacquer over wood with some polychrome.

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    Porcelain bowl

    Reign marks on base should be identified by a specialist, but point to construction during the Qing dynasty.