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    Scoop

    Of molded shell from with flanged edge, tapering sides , and bisque bottom. Decorated in underglaze blue, iron-red, peach, and gold.

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    Chinese Yueyao Stoneware Offering Set - top view

    Tray - 8 1/2" w. Cups 1 7/8" h x 3 1/2" w. Five campanulate cups with slightly thickened rims and straight sided footrings fastened in a circle to the inside of a flaring short rim of a round tray with convex bottom containing a double beaded ring, concave base of the tray unglazed, pale yellowish brown glassy glaze, finely crazed, ending at the bottom in large droplets and pooling to a heavy bead.

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    Bronze Incised Belt Hook -back view

    2"w. Back side of bronze belt hook. Cast with projecting brows, scrolled horns and large scrolled ears, loop handle below a protruding nose which is flanked by hooked fangs, incised with fur markings, traces of gilding present. Dated to Late Eastern Zhou/ Early Han Dynasty.

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    Bronze Incised Belt Hook - side view 2

    2"w. Cast with projecting brows, scrolled horns and large scrolled ears, loop handle below a protruding nose which is flanked by hooked fangs, incised with fur markings, traces of gilding present. Dated to Late Eastern Zhou/ Early Han Dynasty.

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    Chinese Mutton Fat Jade with Wooden Stand (front)

    3 7/8" l. Greenish-white jade with russet markings carved in an archaistic style standing dragon, handcarved fitted wood stand.

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    Chinese Carved Wooden Figure of Old Farmer - front view

    4 1/2" h. A figure of an elderly bearded man in peasant clothes and bare feet, standing, holding a pouch in his right hand by his side and raising his left hand, boxwood.

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    Bronze Incised Belt Hook with missing gemstone

    Detail of scrolling pattern on inlaid bronze belt hook. Spot for possible missing gemstone can be seen at center.

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    Blue Glass Vase with Box (out of box)

    View of small blown glass bottle, mottled with various colors ranging from light blue to brown intermixed with bits of mica to create a sparkling effect.

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    Yueyao Stoneware Cup (bottom)

    2"h x 4"w. Bottom view of small bowl with crackled light green glaze.

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    Chinese Gu Yue Xuan Vase (view 1)

    4 7/8" h. Slender ovate form, cylindrical foot ring, tapered shoulder and trumpet horn neck and mouth, raised enamel décor from top to bottom, on the neck a band of ruyi heads followed by a band of pendant jewels, on the shoulder band of upright overlapping stiff leaves, a narrow double reciprocating linear band, a wider Greek key band followed by a narrow pendant spear head band, the body with a hawk standing on a rock formation with lotus leaves below and a large setting sun to the left, above the sun is a short poem in black enamel with three red seals, on the foot ring is a band of ruyi heads followed by a band of floral meander alternating with Greek key, the bands in blue enamel, the scene in polychrome enamel, egg shell thin porcelain, red enamel four character mark "made for the hall of cultivation of virtue" - a palace mark in a double line square with rounded corners.

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    Funerary Vases (view 2) vase 1

    One of two funerary vases. This unusual green glaze jar belongs to a particular type of funerary vessel made during the Three Kingdoms and Western Jin dynasties. Called a hunping (spirit jar), it has a long tapered body topped by a configuration of architectural elements and animals. In this example, figures circle the jar as other creatures swarm up the neck of the container.

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    Chinese Famille Rose Vases

    5 1/2" h. Tall, slender form with ovoid body, slender elongated neck flaring to an inverted lip with an overall incised design of flowers enameled in famille rose colors, red enamel seal mark of Qianlong and of the period.

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    Chinese Carved Nuts with Literary Scenes (1 view 3)

    1 1/2" h x 1 3/4" l (including base). Side view of finely carved gourd showing scenes from literature and opera.

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    Chinese Carved Gourd with Literary Scenes (2 view 4)

    1 1/2"h x 1 3/4"l (including base). Side view of finely carved gourd showing scenes from literature and opera. Detail here of inscribed text.

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    Bronze Inscribed Mirror

    3 1/2" w. Recessed field cast in linear relief with highly stylized bird motifs alternating with leaves and nipple bosses, surrounded within a double circle of zigzag borders a raised beveled rim, all around the central pierced knob.

  • Thumbnail for Chinese Carved Gourd with Literary Scenes (2 view 3)
    Chinese Carved Gourd with Literary Scenes (2 view 3)

    1 1/2"h x 1 3/4"l (including base). Side view of finely carved gourd showing scenes from literature and opera.

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    Yueyao Stoneware Cup (profile)

    2"h x 4"w. bottom view of small bowl with white glaze over buff body.

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    Carved and Painted Wooden Brush (back)

    Back of brush showing scene possibly from an opera.

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    Evening Sight of Shrine Entrance by D. Mori

    Signed D. Mori, 12 x 19†watercolor painting, no date, excellent condition. The style of this painting would seem to place it in the Meiji Period, but with an attribution of this importance, more research is clearly needed. A Meiji date is indicated by the overall soft tone of the painting and the way in which forms blend into one another. The painting is thus reminiscent of the work of famous Insho Domoto (1891-1975), an example of whose work is in Union College. The softness of the lines in the painting in Berea College is a feature that a number of American Art educators found of interest in Japanese painting of the Meiji period. One such was Arthur Wesley Dow (1857-1922) author of Composition, Understanding Line: Notan and Color. The term notan is Japanese and refers to a design concept in which softening the line equates negative and positive compositional space. Dr. Foster, Professor History at Berea College, informs me that Dow is connected to Berea College. In addition, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, William Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilson are among the notable donors listed on the Berea College website. One does not normally think of these people as particularly involved with Japan, but all of them owned Ukiyo-e woodblock prints, these now in the collection of the Library of Congress. In addition, Francis S. Hutchins was President of Berea College from 1937 to 1967. Robert Hutchins (1899-1997) was President of the University of Chicago from 1929-1945 and Chancellor from 1945-1951. Robert Hutchins worked closely with programs such as “Great Ideas†originally created by William Rainey Harper I (1856-1906), who founded the school. Harper’s grandson Paul V. Harper (1915-2005) was Professor of Surgery and Radiology at the University of Chicago and taught Judo there. Indeed, Paul Harper’s wife, Phyllis, is recognized as one of the founders of women’s judo in this country. Thus, as Christine Guth has shown, there are sometimes surprising links between American intellectuals and Japan in the decades before WWI (see her: Longfellow’s Tattoos: Tourism, Collecting and Japan, University of Washington Press, 2004 and “Charles Longfellow and Okakura Kakuzo: Cultural Cross-Dressing in the Colonial Context,â€(Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique,Volume 8, Number 3, Winter 2000, pp. 605-636).

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    Chinese Ming Style Vase - view 3

    7" h. Baluster form, very finely painted in brilliant underglazed-blue from the lip down, a band of ruyi heads with hanging jewel pendants, on the bottom of the neck a band of stiff overlapping leaves followed by a narrow band of diamond diaper alternating with four Buddhist emblems, the Wheel of the Law, conch shell, umbrella and vase, followed by a band of pendant three prong spear heads on the shoulder, two chilong standing at the top of a cliff with a twisted tree trunk above and behind them with rock formations, on the tall splayed foot a band of formal lotus pod lappets, stippling and mottling simulating ""heaped and piled"" effect, surface with ""orange peel"" effect, seal characters of Yongzheng and of the period

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    Photo Album of Osaka and Kobe with gold lacquer decorated cover

    H: 10.75", W: 14", D: 2.25". Exterior relief design of geese and flora with stream on front; Ivory and mother-of-pearl inlay; back decorated with insects and plants in gold leather spine; hand tinted photographs of places, mainly in Osaka and Kobe, Japan; Inside inscription reads: "Presented to N.W. Utley and Wife by Rev. C.B. Moseley; Aug 9, 1890, Kobe, Japan"

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    Dish - E Pluribus Unum by Fitzhugh pattern

    Kidney shaped with scalloped rim; decorated in polychrome enamels, with border of diapers, frets, scales, butterflies, and sprays on the rim, honeycomb-diaper band at the well, central emblem of an eagle bearing a shield and holding a laurel branch in one talon and arrows in the other, and with a banner inscribed E Pluribus Unum.

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    Plate

    Of circular form with half-round section cut from the rim and two holes pierced on the opposite edge ; decorated in famille rose, enamels and gold, with reserved cartouches on the rim containing vases, flowers and ruyi-scepters separated by peony and prunus sprays on alternating diaper patterns, narrow bands at the well, central scene with vase of peonies, basket of lotus flower, two smaller vases and a ruyi-scepter, floral sprays on the reverse.

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    Bowl with oval design - detail of Neptune rising from the water)

    Grisaille touched gold. 3 oval panels: The Resurrection, Fisherman, Neptune and Venus. Floral sprigs between. Variation of spearhead border & center floral sprig inside bowl.