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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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    St. Olaf's Professor Entenmann on the Great Wall

    A perfect photo of St. Olaf history professor and Interim 2003 advisor Bob Entenmann looking out through a crenellation of the reconstructed Great Wall.

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    Japanese Knick-knack Peddler

    A common sight in pre-war Japan, a peddler with a wide variety of goods was a blessing for the busy housewife.

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    Happiness Grows by Fukazawa Yukio, born 1924

    Collagraph with etching and aquatint. 19.5" x 16.75". Information found on the internet notes that Fukazawa Yukio was born in Yamanashi Prefecture. In 1948 Fukazawa graduated from the Tokyo Art College. In the 50s and 60s the young artist gained the attention of the Japanese art community and later in the 70s of an International audience. The favorite medium of Yukio Fukazawa are copper engravings. The artist is the head of the Japan Print Association (JPA). Art critics describe his works as lyrical prints. His prints are in the collections of renowned museums like the New York Modern Art Museum and the Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art

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    Dish with Design of a Duck in Water

    Seto ware stoneware with cream colored glaze, underglaze iron oxide and cobalt blue. Diameter: 10.75" Potters at Seto kilns near the city of Nagoya operated the most commercially successful pottery industry in pre-modern Japan. In the medieval era, they caterd to elite consumers, producing fine glazed wares for everyday use and for the tea ceremony. By the time this plate was made in the 18th century, Seto potters had turned to the mass production of everyday tableware for commercial establishments and for the households of commoners. The deftly-brushed duck and waves on this plate are characteristic of Seto plate designs. Although a mingei (folk art) product, the fluid drawing reveals the hand of a master decorator.

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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.

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    Sakura Sogoro leaving his Family by YoshitoshiTsukioka

    Diptych. The subject is Sakura Sogoro (1597-1645) taking leave of his family. He was on his way to ask alleviation of taxes from Shogun Ietsuna, for which misdemeanour he and his whole family were executed in 1645. First he and his wife were forced to see their three sons being beheaded, then they themselves were crucified. Color woodblock print; image: 18 3/8†x 13 1/4†(46.6 cm x 34.8 cm). on two 14 3/4†x 10†(37.5 cm x 25.5 cm) sheets.

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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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    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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    Ceramic figurine Standing Servant Boy

    Standing figure of buff ceramic body with blue and purple alkaline glazes; hands and face left unglazed. 8 1/2†high.

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    Reliquary

    Carved gilt lotus bud on lotus pedestal with cavity in center sealed with glass. Contains a small pedestal and a white pebble. Gilt and lacquered wood, glass, copper, stone; H: 4†W: 2 1/2â€.

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    Tripod Vessel (Ding)

    Cast bronze. Height: 6.5".

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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".

  • Thumbnail for Platter, Plate, and Bowl with designs of a single peony flower
    Platter, Plate, and Bowl with designs of a single peony flower

    Made for export to the Persian market, early 19th century. Porcelain with overglaze enamels. Platter: 13.75†diameter; plate: 8.875†diameter; c. bowl: 2.5†high x 6.5†diameter.

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

    Eleventh 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.

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

    First 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 Kaika Sanjuroku kaiseki (Thirty-six Modern Restaurants)
    Kaika Sanjuroku kaiseki (Thirty-six Modern Restaurants) by Kunichika Toyohara (1835-1900)

    Man & woman with umbrella strolling in foreground; Snowy river landscape with building (restaurant) behind. Wood cut print on paper; 13 3/8†x 9â€; sheet size 14 3/4†x 9 3/4â€.

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    Kiosk in Woods by Saito, Kiyoichi (1907-1997)

    Sacred kiosk in the woods, signed in block lower left “Kiyoshi Saito†with signature stamp. Color woodblock; sheet (11 5/8 X 17 1/4) image (10 1/4 x 15 1/4).

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    Bingata (Okinawan resist dyed kimono) by Sekino Junichirō (1914-1988)

    Woodblock print in ink and colors on paper. Signed in pencil in Roman letters: Jun Sekino, with edition number 125/128.Sekino taught printmaking at Oregon State University briefly, in 1963. The forest depicted may be in Oregon.

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    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.

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    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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    Mayfly (Kagerō) by Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III, 1786-1864)

    Chapter 52, from the series: An Album of 54 chapters of the Tale of Genji (Genji gojuyonjo). Woodblock print in ink, embossing, and colors on paper. This is a fine, elegant print with good color preservation and embossing.

  • Thumbnail for Portrait of a Maharajah
    Portrait of a Maharajah

    Rajasthani school; gouache on paper. 20.5†x 18â€.