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  • Thumbnail for Shanghai Street on a Windy Day
    Shanghai Street on a Windy Day

    A windy street off of Zhongshan Road in the Western part of Shanghai in winter. People pass on bicycles and in cars. A red flag blows from a telephone pole in the foreground.

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    On the Great Wall

    St. Olaf Students Angie Lau and Naoya Nishino (Class of 2005) climb the Great Wall.

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    Fox Woman by Gekko, Ogata (1859-1920)

    Ornately dressed woman gazing at her fox reflection in a stream. Metallic pigments, burnishing and blind printing. Color woodblock print;9 13/16†x 14 1/2†(25cm x 36.9cm).

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    Flared Bowl with Yellow Glaze

    Porcelain with yellow glaze. Kangxi reign period.

  • Thumbnail for Looking as if She Wants to Change: The Appearance of a Proprietess of the Kaei era (1848-1854) (Kaita-so: Kaei nenkan o kamisan no fuzoku)
    Looking as if She Wants to Change: The Appearance of a Proprietess of the Kaei era (1848-1854) (Kaita-so: Kaei nenkan o kamisan no fuzoku) by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)

    # 18 from the series: Thirty-two Aspects of Customs and Manners (Fuzoku sanjuniso). Woodblock print in ink and colors on paper. Vertical ōban size. This image is a nice, but not great, later printing. Reference: John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi's Women: The Woodblock Print Series "Fuzoku Sanjuni so." Boulder, CO: Avery Press, 1986; reprinted in 1995 in association with the University of Washington Press.

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    Jidai Kagami (Mirror of the Ages) by Chikanobu, Toyohara (1837-1912)

    Second two images of women from bound accordion-fold album of 30 woodblock prints with colophon. One half of full series of 50 prints depicting Japanese women of different historical periods highlighting their hairstyles and modes of dress.

  • Thumbnail for Jidai Kagami (Mirror of the Ages) - colophon
    Jidai Kagami (Mirror of the Ages) - colophon by Chikanobu, Toyohara (1837-1912)

    Bound accordion-fold album of 30 woodblock prints with colophon. One half of full series of 50 prints depicting Japanese women of different historical periods highlighting their hairstyles and modes of dress. Color woodblock print; 9 1/2 x 14 1/2".

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    Embroidered Sindhi shawl with mirrors

    Possibly a table runner, produced in the late 19th-early 20th century and purchased in the 1950s or 1960s. 23†x 86.5â€.

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    Small free-standing Makara

    Makara is a mythical water creature with elephant tusk. Gilt bronze. Length: 1.5; height: 2"

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    Jidai Kagami (Mirror of the Ages) by Chikanobu, Toyohara (1837-1912)

    Fourteenth set of two images of women from bound accordion-fold album of 30 woodblock prints with colophon. One half of full series of 50 prints depicting Japanese women of different historical periods highlighting their hairstyles and modes of dress.

  • Thumbnail for Jidai Kagami (Mirror of the Ages)
    Jidai Kagami (Mirror of the Ages) by Chikanobu, Toyohara (1837-1912)

    Eighth set of two images of women from bound accordion-fold album of 30 woodblock prints with colophon. One half of full series of 50 prints depicting Japanese women of different historical periods highlighting their hairstyles and modes of dress.

  • Thumbnail for Rose Medallion Salad Bowl with scenes of Chinese family life
    Rose Medallion Salad Bowl with scenes of Chinese family life

    Made for export to England, 19th century. Porcelain with overglaze enamels and gold. 4.75†x 9.5†x 9.5†Possibly made for Sir Edward Vaughn Colt, Baronet, and his wife Martha, whom he married in 1804. With Arms of Baronet Colt of Westminster.

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    Twilight in Imamiya street, Choshi, 1932 by Ishiwata, Koitsu (1897-1987)

    Evening street scene. Copyright publisher Watanabe Shozaburo. Color woodcut: imagesize 9 3/8 x 14 1/8".

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    Tripod Vessel (Ding)

    Cast bronze. Height: 6.5".

  • Thumbnail for Two Geisha Dancing on a Stage
    Two Geisha Dancing on a Stage by Yashima Gakutei (1786-1868)

    Surimono-style woodblock print in ink, color, gold, and silver, with embossing on thick paper. 16" x 13" in good condition. An Ukiyo-e printmaker, Gakutei was a native of Edo, but lived and worked in Osaka in the 1830's. His work was much influenced by Hokusai. A Kyoka poet, Gakutei also put his own poems on his prints. Popular in his time, he was a good craftsman who made many excellent surimono and book illustrations. This print is a surimono (literally, "printed things"), a special type of Ukiyo-e woodblock print that combines poetry and printmaking in an often complex verbal-visual exchange. Produced largely during the second half of the Edo period, from the late 18th to the early 19th centuries, these privately published, limited-edition prints are extremely rare. Catering to the refined tastes of their literati patrons, surimono allowed higher standards of production. They were usually commissioned by groups of amateur poets to serve as New Year's greeting cards or as announcements of special events. Thus, the subjects most commonly represented were images of spring, especially scenes of New Year's activities, and auspicious symbols. The production of a surimono represented the collaboration of poets, artists, calligraphers, engravers, and publishers. Prints were generally initiated by a poet who would commission an artist to create a complementary motif or scene. The text and artist's design would then be taken to a private publisher who, working with a calligrapher and engraver, prepared the necessary blocks. The resulting prints were then distributed among the poet's friends and associates.

  • Thumbnail for Six of the Thirty-six Immortal Poets - Henjo Yoshimine Munesada, one of the six
    Six of the Thirty-six Immortal Poets - Henjo Yoshimine Munesada, one of the six by Anonymous artist of the Tosa school

    Six framed pictures (once pages from an album with pictures of all 36 poets); ink and light colors on paper decorated with yaki-e (burned designs). Each 8 1/2" x 6". The artist of these paintings trained in the style of the Tosa school, an esteemed artistic lineage founded in the early Muromachi era (1392-1568) that painted both secular and religious-themed pictures for the emperor and other aristocratic families. These paintings though, were painted by an emulator of that lineage for affluent, well-educated merchant patrons who had, from the 18th century, had begun to appreciate Japan's ancient courtly artistic and literary heritage. Romantic and nostalgic poetry in Japanese was highly admired among ancient Japanese aristocrats. They particularly favored handwritten anthologies of poetry by thirty-six celebrated poets, who since the 11h century, had been designated as the “Immortal Poets,†and a special compilation of these poets’ works was produced. Compilations of their work came to include one poem by each Immortal Poet, a short biography, and, as in these pictures, an imaginary portrait.

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    Head of a Buddha or Bodhisattva

    Portion of image created in the Gandhara Region. Gray schist, Height: 7"

  • Thumbnail for Tea Stall in Temple Grounds (Ueno Kiyomizu)
    Tea Stall in Temple Grounds (Ueno Kiyomizu) by Tsuchiya, Koitsu (1870-1949)

    Tea stall in temple grounds; signed vertically lower left inside of image.Publisher Watanabe Shozaburo or gallery Doi Hangaten. Woodcut; image size 14 1/4 x 9 1/2".

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    Wandering Buddhist Priest – Korea -- Le Bonze Errant Corée by Paul Jacoulet (1896-1960)

    French, active in Japan. Woodblock print in ink and colors on paper. Size: 17.875" x 14.25"; image: 15.5" x 11.875".

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    Charity by Yoshida, Toshi (1911-1995)

    9.5 x 13.5 in. Woodblock and zinc plate print, mountain landscape with trees in foreground. The actual title Toshi gave this print is "Early Spring in Azumino". It shows an early morning view of a Japanese mountain, forest, and Shinto temple. The zinc plate made it possible to print the very fine dark lines of the trees, and that suggests that a photograph was used as the first stage in doing this. Prints like this were given to Japanese newlyweds in the temple, thus the label on this work "Charity." It implies a gift of love. Toshi was part of the third generation of Yoshida family artists.

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    Intention by Yoshida, Toshi (1911-1995)

    Woodblock print, 27.5 x 21.25 inches, by Toshi Yoshida. At the center of this abstract print is a fascinating large red shape, with black markings on it, placed against a brown moire background. It is totally ambiguous. Could it be a standing figure, like a primeval beast or raging humanoid, or is it more like an emblem or pendant? Or is it simply a visual representation of the mental state, intention? Along with realistic prints, Toshi made many abstract prints with shapes like this in various sizes and colors.

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    Ideal Tibetan Government (Lotus Field) - third rendition by Unknown

    Ink and pencil drawing of an arrangement of lotuses signifying the structure of ideal Tibetan government, 23-5/8 (L) x 18 (W) inches. This is the same theme as 2004.2.3 and 2004.2.4, but here the various functions are symbolized by a hierarchy of lotuses rather than buildings. The Dalai Lama is again located at the top center, connected by lines to the heavens above. This is rendered with some skill by an artist with prior training.

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    Padmarupa (Thangka) - detail by Unknown

    Ground mineral pigment on cotton, silk, 50-1/2 (L) x 30-1/2 (W). Padmarupa wears a five -skull crown and holds a conch in his left hand and a drum in his right. Above him are Paden chogyo, Chok Lang, Marme Dzay, Chokyi Drakpa and Yonten O. In front are Yawa Huti, and ascetic and the scholar Gaya Bhara. In the lower foreground are Mahakala, a monk and Lhamo. Painted in Central Tibetan style.

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    Hope 19/50 by Yoshida, Toshi (1911-1995)

    Woodblock print, 22 x 28.5 inches, by Toshi Yoshida. A strong abstract print, featuring a large black shape against a background of mottled gold, with small patches of bright red, blue, yellow, green embedded in the black like jewels. Toshi made both realistic and abstract prints during his 65 year career.

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    Mughal miniature painting - Portrait by Unknown

    Paint on ivory, 3-1/2 (L) x 1-3/4 (W) inches. Portrait painted on an ivory oval with ivory filigree framework.(following are additional Notes) The object has many colors- brown, red, green, white, blue.