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    Setting offerings

    This woman is adding more offerings to this collection.

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    Red Dancer

    Tomb painting of a red dancer.

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    Window Display

    Shopping for "company" was made easy in Japan. The 1872 ban on prostitution didn't work. It was hastily revoked, and prostitution was only banned again after World War II.

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    Diamond Dolls Japanese Baseball Team

    Baseball teams organized in 1950 for women was one of the many by-products of the American occupation of Japan.

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    Woman's apron

    Another example of a garment worn like a Western style apron by Chinese women, but not utilized in the kitchen. This piece shows a number of symbols including the butterfly which represents old age along with the stylized long-life symbol.

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    Pink embroidered garment - detail

    Detail shows the fine needlework and variation of color utilized to create a sense of depth in the flowers on this garment.

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    Dinner in Chinatown

    A group eats food from a street vendor.

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    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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    Qiu Jin

    Portrait of Qiu Jin, a "spirited radical" woman and supporter of Sun Yat-sen's Revolutionary Alliance.

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    Bai Woman in Yunnan

    Photograph of an elderly Bai woman in Yunnan, showing her dark-colored clothing and hat.

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    Japanese Women Practicing Firing Rifles

    These women are learning how to fire rifles in an effort to help the Japanese fight during WWII.

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    Himesama Dohchuu Parade Preparation

    Two girls wait to have their makeup applied prior to the Himesama Dohchuu parade. Himesama Dohchuu. April, 1998.

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    Traditional loom

    This is a traditional loom located within the Korean folk village. Seoul, South Korea.

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    Ewha's Women's University shopping district

    This is Ewha's Women's University shopping area. Here we have a chance to see what kind of people shop in this area. Seoul, South Korea.

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    Sleeve end

    Portion of a woman's robe showing silk embroidered pommegranites, the fruit popularly referred to as "buddha hands", vases filled with peonies and peaches in bowls.

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    Pink embroidered garment - front view

    Traditional Chinese woman's wear. Embroidered silk with side closures.

  • 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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    Poster, Changing Roles, Japan, 1998

    This poster was photographed in front of a post office in Japan in 1998. The red triangular motif in the lower left is the logo for the "Peace People Japan." The interesting aspect, of course, is the depiction of a young woman, dressed in uniform, with wrenches in hand as she approaches a helicoptor. While much of Japan remains bound by tradition and roles defined by tradition, there is also far reaching social change occurring, with redefinitions of gender roles, etc.

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    Rinden Kanost Collection, China, 1979: Women working

    Description by Arthur Rinden: 1979:Women also operate lathes for shaping steel articles."

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    Portrait of Kichijo-ten

    Although the temple painting was created for religious worship, the full cheeks and small red lips of the subject suggest strongly feminine features.

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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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    Prim and Proper

    The kimono survived the 1920s, which the conservative Japanese described as a shocking era of extremes and nonsense.

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    Xue Tao image

    Rubbing from carving of the Tang poetess Xue Tao. From Chengdu in Sichuan Provence. Includes an accompanying stone inscription dated to the "29th year of Guangxu", or 1904.

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    Hair ornaments

    This image shows a variety of golden or gilt hair ornaments in forms popular with women of the elite class in the Qing dynasty. Floral imagery and images of phoenixes are common. Other materials present include coral and kingfisher feathers.

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    Manchu shoe - side view

    Image of a Manchu woman's shoe, showing "platform" heel that also made movement somewhat difficult for women, but did not entail the pain of the Chinese footbinding practice.