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  • Thumbnail for Deer at Nara
    Deer at Nara

    A student feeds deer at Nara.

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    Ellora, Jain Caves, Yaksha's elephant seat

    The yaksha guardian, Matanga, sits on a grand elephant who has knelt to offer his back as a seat for the yaksha. The sculptor has placed a lotus bud in the trunk of the elephant to show his docile nature in the presence of this yaksha protector.

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    Man with Donkey

    Vendor with a donkey near the Great Wall.

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    Timah Nature Reserve: monkeys, 3

    Monkeys along the roadside at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve in Singapore.

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    Dish with red bat motif - top view

    The top of the pedestal dish shows more auspicious symbols, the most prominent being the image of peaches at the center of the plate. Peaches represent longevity in Chinese culture.

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    Thorp Collection 135, Loess Cliffs - farm land.

    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, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing," the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 133, "Wolf" - J.T. Chahar.
    Thorp Collection 133, "Wolf" - J.T. Chahar.

    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, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing," the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

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    Camels in a 'Ger' encampment

    Camels in a 'ger' (yurt) encampment, Outer Mongolia.

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    Peaceful Wild Animals by Yoshida, Toshi (1911-1995)

    24.5 x 37.75 inches. Woodblock print; Black print with lion and 2 lionesses. A lion and two lionesses resting on a rock in the African savanna. This is the black and white keyblock print for a print made in full color with the same title and date. Toshi's carving shows incredible skill in modeling the full bodies of the animals with simple lines. It was carved on one very large cherrywood block. Toshi loved Africa and its wildlife. His seal in the lower right. It is possible to trace Toshi's career as an artist by means of this and other prints. Untitled (Rabbits in Battle), soclaa001040, represents his sketch book drawing when he was 5 years old; Raicho, soclaa001105, with considerable detail was his earliest self-carved and self-printed work at age 19; Peaceful Wild Animals, soclaa001124, one of his largest prints was made when he was 63 years old.

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    Lion by Yoshida, Toshi (1911-1995)

    Woodblock print, 14.75 x 16.75 inches. Black and white lion with large mane, sitting on a rock outcropping. This black and white image has been taken from the key block used for the larger, full color woodblock print, Peaceful Wild Animals, 1974, by Toshi. It shows the incredibly fine, detailed carving Toshi was able to do. The lines for the fur, for example, have been carved in the wood in a way that delineates the shape of the muscles in the body and the light reflected off of them. These three images of African lions and lionesses show the artist's special affection for animal life.

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    Raicho by Yoshida, Toshi (1911-1995)

    25 x 18.25 inches. Woodcut relief print of partridge with young.This full color image of a Japanese mountain ptarmigan (partridge), shows the mother hen watching over her chicks. Made by Toshi when he was 19 years old, it demonstrates considerable skill and maturity in rendering the instinctual life of the birds.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 181, Yunnan.
    Thorp Collection 181, Yunnan.

    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, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing," the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

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    Ellora, Jain Caves, tirthankara with animals

    Demonstrating the Jain practice of non-violence, this tirthankara is depicted with animals and insects at his feet. Near his right leg is a scorpion. Refusing to take life, even in microscopic forms, to make cloth, he lives throughout the year as a "digambara" monk, clothing himself with the sky. Bits of ancient red paint remain on this figure.

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    Pigeons

    Fat pigeons sit near a lake in Kyoto, while a heron sits in the background.

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    Koi

    Koi at Glover Garden in Nagasaki.

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    Horses by Hideyori, Kano (d. ca 1576/7)

    A dappled white horse (ema) bucks, head restrained by a bridle tied to steaks in the ground. One half of a set.

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    Bukit Timah Nature Reserve: Monkeys, 2

    Monkeys along the roadside at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve in Singapore.

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    Lioness B by Yoshida, Toshi (1911-1995)

    Woodblock print, 14.75 x 16.75 inches. Another black and white lioness, with head down on a rock outcropping. This black and white image has been taken from the key block used for the larger, full color woodblock print, Peaceful Wild Animals, 1974, by Toshi. It shows the incredibly fine, detailed carving Toshi was able to do. The lines for the fur, for example, have been carved in the wood in a way that delineates the shape of the muscles in the body and the light reflected off of them. For a carver to do this without additional shading, shows great skill and artistry. The complete full color print shows all three animals together on a rock in the vast African savannah. This extra large print was carved from a single block of cherry wood. St.Olaf College has the entire large black and white key block impression, slightly cropped, in its collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 070, Geese on River Bank, Chinghang Hsien, so. Anhui, L.C.Li.
    Thorp Collection 070, Geese on River Bank, Chinghang Hsien, so. Anhui, L.C.Li.

    Geese on River Bank, Chinghang Hsien, so. Anhui, L.C.Li. 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 the image I.D. No. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing."

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    Thorp Collection 128, Mongol VIllage.

    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, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing," the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

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    Ellora, Jain Caves, Yaksha Elephant detail

    Held in the trunk of the elephant is a lotus symboliizing spiritual pursuits and a gentle nature. Placing this lotus in the trunk of this wild and powerful beast, the sculptor may be commenting on the greater power of the Jain practice of non-violence toward all creatures.

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    Ellora, Jain Temple, Parshvanatha tirthankara close-up

    The serenity of this tirthankara, Parshvanatha, is depicted here in the symmetrical smooth lines of the image and in his absolute quiet in the protection of the deadly cobra. Parshvanatha exemplifies the Jain practice of non-violence as a digambara monk at peace with even the most dangerous creatures.

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    Birds and Flowers by Tohaku, Hasegawa (1539-1610)

    This folding screen, originally the left half of a pair, is considered an early work of the artist Tohaku. Birds and Flowers demonstrates Tohaku's debt to earlier Kano artists and to the painting traditions established by Sesshu Toyo.

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    Kamakura Shrine

    A cat enjoys some sun at a shrine in Kamakura.

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    Horses by Sunraku, Kano (1559-1635)

    This pair of ema [votive paintings] were produced by Kano Sunraku, one of the most gifted artists of the late Momoyama and early Edo periods. Admired for their strength and speed and venerated for their innate, resolute spirit, horses have played a conspicious role in Japanese religious practices, ceremonial rites, and warfare since ancient times. Early accounts describe how horses were used in Shinto shrines, where their participation in solemn rituals was thought to be efficacious in precipitating rainfall or, conversely, in discouraging excessive rain and restoring good weather. To carry out these objectives, shrines were equipped with a pair of good animals, one of a dark hue, to cause rain to fall, and a second, with a light coat, to bring back the sun. Horses, in addition to their function in rites intended to affect the weather, had a more basic role as messengers and intermediaries between the temporal world and the Shinto gods. - abridged from catalogue entries by Money Hickman.