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  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 015, Wumen Golden River 015 - Forbidden City, Beijing
    Thorp Collection 015, Wumen Golden River 015 - Forbidden City, Beijing

    This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 007, throne room - Forbidden City, Beijing
    Thorp Collection 007, throne room - Forbidden City, Beijing

    This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

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    Letters to Zheng Bangrui

    In the three letters mounted together in this handscroll, which opens with an anonymous portrait of Wang Yangming, his calligraphy is sharp and angular, and the characters are vertically elongated. The brushwork appears rapid and agitated. Wang's calligraphy may reflect anxieties expressed in the content of the letters, which were addressed to his nephew Zheng Bangrui and can be dated to between 1523 and 1525. Wang writes of the burden of managing his family's affairs after the death of his father in 1522, the illness of his wife (who died in 1525) and his obligation to arrange the marriage of a niece. Together, these letters in Wang's own hand provide a rare glimpse into the everyday life of the noted philosopher.

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    Deep porcelaneous bowl

    This celadon bowl with a carved landscape decoration and cloud scroll border is a southern type called longquan ware, with its typically grayish body and burnt reddish-brown where exposed in the firing. The thick, pale olive green glaze darkens in the recessed carved design to highlight the subject of the decoration. 5 inches high by 8.5 inches wide.

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    Mother and children by Qiu Chu (Tuling Neishi), Miss Qiu, mid 16th century

    Artist was the elder daughter of famous professional painter Chiu Ying (Qiu Ying) who taught her how to paint. She often painted women and children of aristicratic families.

  • Thumbnail for Plate - Blue and White Kraak ware
    Plate - Blue and White Kraak ware

    Kraak ware, the center decorated with unusual scene of two deer (one spotted) at the water's edge, in a landscape of rocks, flowers, trees. Cracked with raised, unglazed "bumps" in center.

  • Thumbnail for Chinese Tomb Candle Holders - view 3
    Chinese Tomb Candle Holders - view 3

    7" h. Paneled hu-formed stem with two degenerated animal head handles, molded in relief with floral sprays divided by bow-form raised and molded vertical lines raised on a high tapered base molded in relief with a frieze of stylized lotus petals, supported by five simple feet, surmounted by a hexagonal drip pan, on top there is an inverted scalloped tip collar surmounted by a tapered lip, minutely crazed greenish-beige glaze carelessly applied

  • Thumbnail for Chinese Tomb Candle Holders - view 1
    Chinese Tomb Candle Holders - view 1

    7" h. Paneled hu-formed stem with two degenerated animal head handles, molded in relief with floral sprays divided by bow-form raised and molded vertical lines raised on a high tapered base molded in relief with a frieze of stylized lotus petals, supported by five simple feet, surmounted by a hexagonal drip pan, on top there is an inverted scalloped tip collar surmounted by a tapered lip, minutely crazed greenish-beige glaze carelessly applied

  • Thumbnail for Jade Flower Vase
    Jade Flower Vase

    A fish-shaped, carved white jade vase with dark edging and detail.

  • Thumbnail for Great Wall
    Great Wall

    A photograph of a section of the Great Wall outside of Beijing.

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    Yu Gardens

    Photograph of the interior of the Yu Gardens, Shanghai.

  • Thumbnail for Red Door, Suzhou Gardens
    Red Door, Suzhou Gardens

    Photograph of the natural splendor of Suzhou's famous gardens. This view features a distinctive round red door set into a white wall.

  • Thumbnail for Window in Suzhou Gardens
    Window in Suzhou Gardens

    Photo of window looking out onto a section of Suzhou's beautiful gardens, dating to the Ming dynasty.

  • Thumbnail for Old Entrance to Forbidden City
    Old Entrance to Forbidden City

    Photograph of the tower at old entrance to the Forbidden City in Beijing.

  • Thumbnail for Forbidden City Lion, View 1
    Forbidden City Lion, View 1

    Picture of one of two bronze lions in the Forbidden City.

  • Thumbnail for Bamboo in Dew, Pine in Wind
    Bamboo in Dew, Pine in Wind by Huang Daozhou, Jiao Bingzhen

    This very long handscroll includes an additional series of colophons as well as a title frontispiece. It is historically quite interesting as the artist, Huang Daozhou, was a notable Ming patriot and martyr. His biography is included beside the portrait, which precedes the ink bamboo and pine. The authors of the other colophons praise Huang. The painting Bamboo in Dew, Pine in Wind is preceded by a biography of Huang Daozhou, and a portrait of Huang attributed to Jiao Bingzhen. 103 x 15 1/2 inches. Ink on satin for the painting. The portrait can be seen by clicking on the related record below.

  • Thumbnail for Chinese Earthenware Tomb Vase
    Chinese Earthenware Tomb Vase

    7 1/2" h. Bottle-form vase with pyriform body raised on a high splayed foot, the neck spreading outward near the top of culminating to an inverted scalloped collar which is surmounted by an inward tapered lip, two degenereated animal head handles are applied to the neck, molded with lobed bulbous portion above which is a band of vertical reeding with looped pendants, then a Greek key band followed finally by reeding continuing up to the collar, minutely crazed greenish-beige glaze carelessly applied.

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    Fan painting - Domestic scene by Fei Yigeng (d. after 1870)

    Domestic scene of a couple in a small shop or room, with a tree set at the entrance. A good part of the reputation of Fei Yigeng is tied to that of his father Fei Danxu, whose work is also in this collection. He carried on his father's tradition by painting scenes such as this one of family life or of women. In this case Yigeng states that he is painting in the manner of Yang Yin, the well-known Ming dynasty artist whose subject included, but was not at all limited to, women. There is no way of knowing exactly what the painting by Tang Yin was like, but the composition here is quite effective, with the interior scene seen through the tree on the right of the home and the large rock on the left. The man is at work at the long table. He turns to communicate with the woman, who enters from another room, indicated by the curtain drawn back from the door. Her long sleeves suggest she is not of the lowest class, but neither does the room suggest a home of great riches. A vase set on the table holds a flower, the single spot of color in the home, and this gives an aura of aesthetic sensibility to the humble home.

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    Guan Yin on Putuo Shan

    Carved, draped seated figure leaning on balustrade above turbulent water populated with dragon and carp with two immortals on base covered with much deteriorated red and gold lacquer. 10 X 4 1/2 X 3 1/2".

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 003, Throne Room section - Forbidden City from the air, Beijing
    Thorp Collection 003, Throne Room section - Forbidden City from the air, Beijing

    This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 010, Throne Room - Forbidden City, Beijing
    Thorp Collection 010, Throne Room - Forbidden City, Beijing

    This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 013, Throne Room - Forbidden City, Beijing
    Thorp Collection 013, Throne Room - Forbidden City, Beijing

    This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 006, Bronze Lion - Forbidden City, Beijing
    Thorp Collection 006, Bronze Lion - Forbidden City, Beijing

    This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

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    Bronze Censer and Jug with Gold and Silver Inlay

    Bronze censer and jug featuring gold and silver inlays and reign mark of Xuande (reign 1426-35 AD), but copying earlier styles from the Chinese bronze age.

  • Thumbnail for Forbidden City Crane Statue
    Forbidden City Crane Statue

    Photograph of crane statue in Forbidden City complex, Beijing.