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  • 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 010, Throne Room - Forbidden City, Beijing
    Thorp Collection 010, 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 Thorp Collection 013, Throne Room - Forbidden City, Beijing
    Thorp Collection 013, 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 Thorp Collection 006, Bronze Lion - Forbidden City, Beijing
    Thorp Collection 006, Bronze Lion - 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 Thorp Collection 054, Salty accumulation due to seepage
    Thorp Collection 054, Salty accumulation due to seepage

    Thorp Collection, Salty accumulation due to seepage. 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.

  • Thumbnail for Horyuji, view 01, the Chumon
    Horyuji, view 01, the Chumon

    From the nandaimon, the great south gate, one approaches the compound of Horyuji along a very long graveled walk. The compound, proper, is surrounded by a cloister, a walled and roofed walk, which sets the compound apart from the world surrounding it. The entrance to the compound is this great chumon, middle gate, one of the original structures remaining from the late 7th century, when the compound was built. The gate, on the south perimeter of the compound, is two stories high and four bays wide. The outer bays are occupied by sculpted Nio figures, guardian deities of Buddhism. The gate at Horyuji deliberately is not placed perfectly symmetrically, at the center of the south cloister wall. Instead, it is slightly to the west of center, to accommodate the placement of the pagoda and the kondo inside the compound, each equidistant from the north-south walk bisecting the compound.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 127, Buddha - Tatang.
    Thorp Collection 127, Buddha - Tatang.

    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 135, Loess Cliffs - farm land.
    Thorp Collection 135, Loess Cliffs - farm land.

    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 072, Fan Changhsien, after Huangshian, South Anhui, L.C.Li.
    Thorp Collection 072, Fan Changhsien, after Huangshian, South Anhui, L.C.Li.

    Fan Changhsien, after Huangshian, South Anhui, L.C.Li. 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 090, Oak Forest on Lower Limestone Slopes, Guiyang, Guizho
    Thorp Collection 090, Oak Forest on Lower Limestone Slopes, Guiyang, Guizho

    Oak Forest on Lower Limestone Slopes, Guiyang, Guizho. 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. No. ecasia000072, ""Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing.""

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 133, "Wolf" - J.T. Chahar.
    Thorp Collection 133, "Wolf" - J.T. Chahar.

    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 10, view of compound from Lecture Hall
    Horyuji, view 10, view of compound from Lecture Hall

    View looking to the south across the compound at Horyuji, as seen from the front of the Kodo, the Lecture Hall. The Kondo is seen on the left, the Five-storied pagoda on the right, with the Chumon, the Middle Gate, in the middle behind them.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 081, Dragon Boat Fan Chang Hsien south Anhui, L.C.Li.
    Thorp Collection 081, Dragon Boat Fan Chang Hsien south Anhui, L.C.Li.

    Dragon Boat Fan Chang Hsien south Anhui, L.C.Li. This image and all othrs identified as I.D.Nos. 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."

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 098, Karst Hills SE Guiyang
    Thorp Collection 098, Karst Hills SE Guiyang

    Karst Hills SE Guiyang. 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. No. ecasia000072, ""Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing.""

  • Thumbnail for East Asian Ceramics:  Then and Now, 01 Oribe-ware Ewer.
    East Asian Ceramics: Then and Now, 01 Oribe-ware Ewer. by unknown

    Oribe-ware Ewer, from the early 17th century in Japan, Momoyama Period. The piece is high-fired stoneware, a buff colored body, probably fired in a neutral or oxidizing atmosphere, with the typical Oribe glaze combination of white glaze and a copper green poured on parts of the piece. There is pattern, design, painted on the piece, again, typical of Oribe style wares. The design was painted on the piece with an iron pigment or slip, probably painted on the piece prior to the glaze application. The resulting all-over surface decoration is typical of the exuberant energy of Momoyama art and culture. -- Gift of Robert Allerton, 1959.5 -- This piece was one of ten ceramic pieces in a special exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, East Asian Ceramics: Then and Now, held July 2 - November 6, 2005. The exhibit was curated by Janice Katz, assistant curator of Japanese Art, and Jay Xu, Pritzker Curator of Asian Art. An overview of the exhibition states, "Contemporary ceramic artists in East Asia continually draw upon their cultures' highly developed traditions. An artist may use a glaze that became popular centuries earlier or experiment with a traditional glaze by changing the resulting color. Contemporary artists also quote wares of the past through form and technique. In this exhibition featuring works from China, Korea, and Japan, pairs of contemporary and premodern objects are on display. In each case, the artist of the contemporary piece consciously adopts aspects of the earlier ware while creating a thoroughly modern work of art."

  • Thumbnail for Horyuji, view 09, five story pagoda, exterior from north
    Horyuji, view 09, five story pagoda, exterior from north

    The Five-storied pagoda at Horyuji is an original structure remaining from the late 7th c., when the compound at Horyuji was built. The ground floor of the Horyuji pagoda is surrounded by a narrow corridor with a slight roof covering it. This corridor and its roof, not part of the original structure, hide the proportional relationship of the original ground story and the top story of the pagoda -- the width of the top story is one half that of the ground story; the intermediate stories step in in equal amounts as we move from one to the next. The result of this stepping-in is a visual sense of soaring and lightness as the pagoda rises, creating a sense of elegance and a perception, illusion, of great height. -- The famous tableau of the death of the Buddha and the tableau of the Yuima-Monju debate, sculpted in clay in the early 8th c., are in the ground story of the Five-storied Pagoda. [c. 711, early Nara period (Tenpyo)]

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 193, Overflowed Lake, Mengtze, Yunnan.
    Thorp Collection 193, Overflowed Lake, Mengtze, Yunnan.

    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 074, Tatung. South Anhui. L.C.Li.
    Thorp Collection 074, Tatung. South Anhui. L.C.Li.

    Tatung. South Anhui. L.C.Li. 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 107,  Landslide, Gansu.
    Thorp Collection 107, Landslide, Gansu.

    Landslide, Gansu. This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanatin 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 076, Jiuhuashang (mountains) - South Anhui. L.C.Li.
    Thorp Collection 076, Jiuhuashang (mountains) - South Anhui. L.C.Li.

    Jiuhuashang (mountains) - South Anhui. L.C.Li. 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 088, Guiyang from wall, Guizhou
    Thorp Collection 088, Guiyang from wall, Guizhou

    Guiyang from wall, Guizhou. 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. No. ecasia000072, ""Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing.""

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 104, Terraced Hill N. side Gansu
    Thorp Collection 104, Terraced Hill N. side Gansu

    Terraced Hill N. side 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. No. ecasia000072, ""Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing.""

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 083, Untitled.
    Thorp Collection 083, Untitled.

    Untitled. This image and all othrs identified as I.D.Nos. 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."

  • Thumbnail for Korean ceramics: Jar with dragon decoration, porcelain.
    Korean ceramics: Jar with dragon decoration, porcelain. by unknown

    A fairly large porcelain piece, very full in form. The surface of the piece functions as a canvas for the very bold, energetic brush decoration that covers the entire surface. The image is that of a dragon, a frequent theme in east Asian art, twisting as it moves through the air between clouds. The brush decoration is iron oxide applied under the glaze.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 198, Street Scene, Hsuchang, Henan.
    Thorp Collection 198, Street Scene, Hsuchang, Henan.

    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.