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  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 049, spinner
    Thorp Collection 049, spinner

    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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    Japanese house, interior

    Looking out from the dining/living room of my host family's house into the garden and at the clothesline, where my host grandmother would hang the daily wash out to dry every day. Very traditional-style Japanese house with sliding rice paper doors, but enclosed by modern glass doors to insulate the house.

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    Room

    During my homestay I snapped a picture of my room for posterity. Note the tatami mats, futon, space heater, and "desk".

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    Chinese Bronze Hand Warmer with Engraved Dragons and Flowers (close up)

    2" h x 2 3/4" w. Ovate body with engraved design of dragons on two sides enclosed in arabesque cartouches and engraved peonies in arabesque cartouches on the other two sides, rectangular cover, domed and cast in relief with a dragon and preforated bale handle, traces of gilding and lacquer.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 123, Goiter- Gansu.
    Thorp Collection 123, Goiter- Gansu.

    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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    Japanese house, entryway

    The front entrance of my host family’s house. Upon entering the house, family members shout “Tadaima!†(I’m home!) to announce their arrival, and remove their shoes. In the display case on the left are a box of artificial flowers, baskets with travel-size tissue packets, and wooden puzzle-sculptures that my host brother, age 7, had made. On the right, the behind the two closed sliding doors is a compartment where my family stores their winter shoes/boots during the summer, lightweight shoes during the summer to conserve storage space.

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    Toilet

    Sometimes the buttons on a toilet in Japan can be overwhelming, and this is no exception.

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    Apartment Entrances

    Even though Japanese apartments are notoriously small, it's clear that there are some valiant attempts at keeping gardens.

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    Refrigerators

    Some overly complex refrigerators on display.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 137, Waterwheel, Jiangxi.
    Thorp Collection 137, Waterwheel, Jiangxi.

    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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    Landscapes of Japan, 12, Flat land used for new suburbs west of Morioka.

    Flat land used for new suburbs west of Morioka. -- This illustrates how a burgeoning population and demand for housing leads to suburban sprawl onto available flat land. The ridges remain forested while the flat alluvial plain is occupied by new homes. Previously this was agricultural land.

  • Thumbnail for Landscapes of Japan, 13, Bayhead bar beach and coastal village of Hiraiga.
    Landscapes of Japan, 13, Bayhead bar beach and coastal village of Hiraiga.

    Bayhead bar beach and coastal village of Hiraiga. -- Along this mountainous coastline, flat land is scarce. The homes and buildings of the small village of Hiraiga are crammed into nearly every piece of reasonably flat land above the high tide line. In much of Japan, rugged mountains separate the small areas of flat land upon which villages could be built causing the villages to be isolated from one another. The scarcity of flat land also leads to concentration of the Japanese population into those areas flat enough to build upon.

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    Korean meal at home

    Each person at a meal in a home does not have a main plate, but instead eats from a communal plate in the middle along with smaller dishes surrounding filled with various kinds of vegetables or fish.

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    Incense Burner on Stand

    Small brass incense burner, probably originally used for funerary rites within the home. Small turned dog on the top, with dragon heads projecting from the handles.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 128, Mongol VIllage.
    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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    School Uniforms

    As I was eating breakfast one morning, my host-sister, Yuuki-chan came down in her school uniform. Even though she went to public school, she was required to wear a uniform.

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    Kimono

    A St Olaf student being dressed in a kimono by her host family. The host mothers were trying to figure out how to tie the obi when this picture was snapped.

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    Traditional Korean home

    A small one-room home that a family shared during the earlier years of Korean history.

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    Bronze ritual vessel gu

    In the same tradition as the preceding object, this well cast archaistic revival vessel is decorated with the requisite zoomorphic design employing the use of taotie masks and classical leiwen background pattern. The solidly defined flanges and the three registers of decorative spaces (upper, central and lower) reflect the metal smith’s attention to the strict orthodoxy of ancient bronze decoration. College of Wooster records show several Chinese characters are painted on the inside face of flanges. One legible character is "shou", which means longevity. Over these characters are four others in red - the first is "Song" for the dynasty, the fourth means "recorded", and the second may be "liang", meaning good in quality. 16 inches high x 7.75 wide; base of 4.75 inches.

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    Lacquer tray -side view

    This simple rectangular tray is lacquered over a finely joined wooden core in numerous layers of colored lacquer to simulate pudding stone. Japanese lacquer artists excelled at simulating different materials in their craft, including metals, various stone finishes, wood grain and shells.

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    Toilet

    An example of a trough-style squat toilet seen all over Asia.

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    How to use chopsticks

    Instructions on how to use chopsticks (kuai-zi, hashi)

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    Bridal trousseau

    A typical Edo-period trousseau centered around three sets of shelves, the zushidana (right), the kurodana (black shelves, center), and the shodana (bookshelves, right). Included are most of the things required for personal use, such as cosmetic items,

  • Thumbnail for Bronze ritual vessel gu - central view
    Bronze ritual vessel gu - central view

    In the same tradition as the preceding object, this well cast archaistic revival vessel is decorated with the requisite zoomorphic design employing the use of taotie masks and classical leiwen background pattern. The solidly defined flanges and the three registers of decorative spaces (upper, central and lower) reflect the metal smith’s attention to the strict orthodoxy of ancient bronze decoration.

  • Thumbnail for Lacquer tray - top view
    Lacquer tray - top view

    This simple rectangular tray is lacquered over a finely joined wooden core in numerous layers of colored lacquer to simulate pudding stone. Japanese lacquer artists excelled at simulating different materials in their craft, including metals, various stone finishes, wood grain and shells. 11 x 8.25 inches; height 1/2 inch.