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  • Thumbnail for Great Buddha (Daibutsu)  at Kamakura
    Great Buddha (Daibutsu) at Kamakura

    The great statue of the Amida Buddha at Kamakura, cast in 1252. This image gives a good sense of the physical context in which one sees the sculpture today.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 017, Large Sichuan Family Home
    Thorp Collection 017, Large Sichuan Family Home

    Large Sichuan family home. 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.

  • Thumbnail for Tamba pottery, view 04., communal kiln
    Tamba pottery, view 04., communal kiln

    Again, this is a photo of the long communal kiln at Tamba-Tachikui. This is the lower portion of the kiln, which stretches on up the hill. The larger pieces of wood stacked on the left here will be used at the beginning of the firing of the kiln, because the large pieces burn slowly, allowing a slow heat rise in the early stages of firing to dry out pots in the kiln. This side of the kiln shows stoke holes for fuel; the doors into the chambers are on the other side of the kiln. It is a tube kiln, with the axis of the arch running up the length of the kiln. The tube is segmented into chambers by walls that cut across the kiln -- essentially, like the structure of a piece of bamboo, and this style of kiln is sometimes called a "split bamboo kiln." In a smaller version, the same structure can be seen clearly in the photos of the Ichino workshop kiln, images ecasia000334 and 335.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 031, Sichuan farm house, Chongqing-Chengdu
    Thorp Collection 031, Sichuan farm house, Chongqing-Chengdu

    Sichuan farm house, Chongqing-Chengdu. 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.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 036, Distributaries - Min River, Sichuan
    Thorp Collection 036, Distributaries - Min River, Sichuan

    Distributaries - Min River, Sichuan. 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.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 022,  dividing waters into two canals, Sichuan
    Thorp Collection 022, dividing waters into two canals, Sichuan

    Dividing waters into two canals, Sichuan. 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.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 024, tung tree in limestone crack, Sichuan
    Thorp Collection 024, tung tree in limestone crack, Sichuan

    Tung tree in limestone crack, Sichuan. 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.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 002, Altar of Heaven from the air, Beijing
    Thorp Collection 002, Altar of Heaven from the air, Beijing

    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.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 004, Forbidden City from air, Beijing
    Thorp Collection 004, Forbidden City from air, Beijing

    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.

  • Thumbnail for Daisenin garden, view 12, detail, north garden, west end
  • Thumbnail for Daisenin garden, view 13, south garden
  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 062, Bridge - West of Hangzhou, Zhejiang.
    Thorp Collection 062, Bridge - West of Hangzhou, Zhejiang.

    Thorp Collection, Bridge - West of Hangzhou, Zhejiang. 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 collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 014, detail of Phoenix Post-7, Marble Balustrade - Forbidden City, Beijing
    Thorp Collection 014, detail of Phoenix Post-7, Marble Balustrade - Forbidden City, Beijing

    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.

  • Thumbnail for Tamba pottery, view 09., fired pots in the Ichino workshop
    Tamba pottery, view 09., fired pots in the Ichino workshop

    This group of finished pieces were on ware boards in the Ichino workshop. To some extent, they may represent experiments with new forms, glazes, or decorative techniques, that may diverge some from traditional Tamba vessels.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 067, Huangshan., Anhui (Yellow Mountains)
    Thorp Collection 067, Huangshan., Anhui (Yellow Mountains)

    Huangshan., Anhui (Yellow Mountains) 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 the image I.D. No. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing."

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 009, marble terrace - Fobidden City, Beijing
    Thorp Collection 009, marble terrace - Fobidden City, Beijing

    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.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 007, throne room - Forbidden City, Beijing
    Thorp Collection 007, throne room - Forbidden City, Beijing

    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.

  • Thumbnail for Daisenin garden, view 09, northeast portion of east garden, detail, "bridge"
  • Thumbnail for Tamba pottery, view 15., detail, upper flue section of wood kiln chamber
    Tamba pottery, view 15., detail, upper flue section of wood kiln chamber

    Close-up photo of the upper end, upper flue, of the chamber being reconstructed in the previous (000334) image.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 063, Small Dams.
    Thorp Collection 063, Small Dams.

    Thorp Collection, Small Dams. 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 collection.

  • Thumbnail for East Asian Ceramics:  Then and Now.  05,  Punch'ong-ware Flask
    East Asian Ceramics: Then and Now. 05, Punch'ong-ware Flask by unknown

    In this Korean piece, a folk art piece from the 15th century, we see a whimsical design of fish that, in fact, makes a sophisticated use of positive and negative shapes. The surface of the stoneware vessel was coated with a thick white slip (a clay in a liquid state), done while the vessel, itself, was still damp, semi-soft clay. A sharp tool was then used to draw the design on the surface, with the tool cutting away a line in the white surface slip, revealing the darker clay of the vessel body beneath the slip. The piece was then glazed with a clear (transparent) glaze that would reveal the pattern under the glaze after firing. Although the glaze is clear, after firing it has a pale greenish color. This color comes from the presence of iron oxide in the glaze, which may have been added to the glaze before application or it may be iron from the dark, iron rich clay body used to make the piece. In the latter case, the iron would be pulled into the glaze during the firing process, which would be done in a wood-burning kiln with the presence of smoke and carbon monoxide creating the cool, greenish iron color (in the presence of a clear burning flame, iron oxide would produce a different palette of colors, ranging from tan to a sienna orange -kaki color in Japan- to the black of temmoku glazes). It is this particular greenish iron color that gives these Korean wares their name, punch’ong. The thick potting of this piece identifies it as the product of a rural, folk art kiln; this was not created as a “work of art.†-- Bequest of Russell Tyson, 1964.936

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 122, Road - Mapochuan - Paingshui, Gansu.
    Thorp Collection 122, Road - Mapochuan - Paingshui, 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.

  • 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.

  • Thumbnail for Horyuji, view 11, cloister walk, west side of compound at turn for sutra repository
    Horyuji, view 11, cloister walk, west side of compound at turn for sutra repository

    A pleasant image. Afternoon sun casting a pattern of light and shadow through the wooden grill work of the western wall of the walk surrounding the compound at Horyuji,looking northward at the point at which the image in view 7 was taken.

  • 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.