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  • Thumbnail for Nautch scene with reclining nude  women
    Nautch scene with reclining nude women

    Punjabi school, made for export to the West; gouache on paper. 13.5†x 13.625â€

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    Fan painting - Calligraphy by Wu Tao

    Twenty four lines of regular-running script, alternating between long and short lines of about ten and six characters each, with some variation. At the end, five lines of explanation, dedication and signature. Claudia Brown comments on the expansive reputation that Wu Tao enjoyed in the late nineteenth century, and says that although his status has diminished as more attention has been given to the innovations of early twentieth century artists, he is still an artist of stature and accomplishment. He was something of a hermit, although he did travel to the three cities that so many of the artists in this collection frequented, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Suzhou. He lived and worked in his Lailu caotang, or "Thatched Cottage of the Returning Storks," and landscapes were his primary subject. Although calligraphy was not his major medium, his writing in this example is animated and convincing. Despite the small size, the characters are written with energy and attention to the proper formation, not unexpected in one who was known for his classical interests. The fact that characters are written over the splines of the fan suggests that he wrote this before the fan was mounted. This is an interesting addition to the published works by the artist.

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    Nautch scene with three women

    Punjabi school, made for export to the West; gouache on paper. 6.75†x 4.5â€

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    Square Ga'u (Traveling Shrine) by Unknown

    4-1/4 (L) x 4-1/4 (W) x 1-7/8(D); chord: 30 in. long. Square G'au or reliquary box with a wheel design on the cover consisting of the Eight Trigrams around a series of numbers in the middle which add up to 15 in all directions. These are framed twelve Zodiac animals and Buddhist symbols with a dragon , tiger, garuda bird and Buddhist lion-dog in the corners. There sides of the cover are engraved with floral and bird designs with two opposite sides fitted with two silver bar handles through which is threaded a braided and looped self-tasseled blue and brown silk cord which holds the box together.

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    Ivory Figure with a Spinning Face

    Noh performer with long hair holds bells for Shinto Dance in his raised arm. The figure's head spins up from a calm face to that of a demon like face; figure's garment has a geometric/floral motif; he holds a fan in his left had and wears a cap on his head; his hair is tied back with a bow which is broken on one side.

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    Dowry Chest with designs of Flowers

    Swat Region of Pakistan; chipcarved wood; 34.5†x 32.25†x 22.5â€

  • Thumbnail for Embroidered Bridal Shawl from the Swat Region of Pakistan
    Embroidered Bridal Shawl from the Swat Region of Pakistan

    Silk embroidered cotton with applied border and metallic threads 42.5†x 78

  • Thumbnail for Ivory Figure with a Spinning Face
    Ivory Figure with a Spinning Face

    Noh performer with long hair holds bells for Shinto Dance in his raised arm. The figure's head spins up from a calm face to that of a demon like face; figure's garment has a geometric/floral motif; he holds a fan in his left had and wears a cap on his head; his hair is tied back with a bow which is broken on one side.

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    Pair of Roof Brackets

    From South India,teak wood. 26†x 3.5†x 9.5â€

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    Balinese Calendar (Wariqa) Painting in the Kamasan style

    Ink and colors on cloth. 49" x 71 1/4" (framed). This piece was the subject of a research paper by a student recently. It consists of small panels organized vertically and horizontally with calligraphic script and painted figures representing cosmic principles with symbols.

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    Bamboo Vase

    Vase carved from large, flattened, curving segment of bamboo; showing root ends and engraved and lacquered with designs of orchids; painted on base and interior with brown lacquer. 15 x 6 x 4 1/2".