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    Ellora, Jain Caves, entrance to the Mahavira shrine

    This shrine to Mahavira, the 24th tirthankara, is set within a very large cave with exquisite carvings of several of the 24 tirthankaras.

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    Grocery Store Display: Cheeses, Close-up

    A close-up of some cheeses in a Japanese grocery store.

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    China Can Say No

    Cover illustration from the book "China Can Say No--Political and Emotional Choices for the Post Cold War Era," by Song Qiang, Zhang Zangzang and Qiao Ban. The inscription across the top reads: "When China says no, it's not for the purpose of seeking conflict, but in order to speak on a more equal footing."

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    Post Office Sign

    The sign outside of the post-office, wearing a cap of snow.

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    Boys at School

    Three boys enjoying their time between classes.

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    School

    Most Japanese schools have classrooms connected by outdoor hallways.

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    Vendors selling clothes on the sidewalk

    Vendors sell clothes off of blankets spread out in the sidewalk in Taiwan. Also a common sight on the streets in China.

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    Reconstructed casting assembly for a bell

    As shown in this diagram, a 'bo' bell required outer modls for the suspension loop at bottom, and for its top, a pair for the sides, and a core to occupy the interior, all locked together with keys fitted to mortises.

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    Dogmatism

    An official in this illustration is depicted carrying an umbrella labelled "dogmatism," refusing to let the rain water the flowers and plants. A writer nearby asks him "Why won't you let the flowers and sprouts get some spring rain?" The official answers "That would never do! As soon as there is rain, poisonous weeds would grow up."

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    Chairman Mao greets Red Guards

    A photo of Chairman Mao in military uniform greeting Red Guards at the outset of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution.

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    Xinjiang Food

    Three men walk underneath a sign advertising Xinjiang cuisine in Shanghai.

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    Ellora, Jain Caves, Mahavira shrine entrance

    This shrine is dedicated to the 24th tirthankara, Mahavira, who is understood to have lived in the 6th or 5th century B.C.E. Mahavira is depicted seated in the lotus position having achieved a state of pure liberation. Other tirthankaras are depicted behind him.

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    Ellora, Jain Temple, Parshvanatha tirthankara

    Parshvanatha, a digambara monk, is always depicted resting against the coils of a snake and protected under the hoods of snakes. He is also shown over the wheel of a chariot, with elephants, lions, and devotees at his feet.

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    Ram Cards

    Ram cards usher in the new year.

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    Goose-shaped pouring vessel

    Pouring vessel shaped like a goose; dating to the Song dynasty but made to look like an ancient vessel. The bronze is inlaid with gold and silver. The goose's neck serves as the spout; the vessel also features a handle at the top to aid in pouring, and is supported by the goose's two legs.

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    Grocery Store Display: Purin with Sign

    Coffee Jelly, "Purin", and "Banana Purin", different types of jello in Japan.

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    Vessel of Inlaid Bronze

    Vessel of inlaid bronze with lid. The decoration is embossd in red with stylized dragons and birds.

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    Poem and Cypress Trees by Konoe Nobutada and Hasegawa Tohaku

    Among Konoe Nobutada's masterpieces is this six-panel screen that includes a waka poem - energetically inscribed in oversized kana - surrounding a sensitively brushed ink painting of a cypress grove. Recent scholarship has attributed the painting to Hasegawa Tohaku, based on a stylistic comparison to the brushwork and artistic expression of his famous Pines in Mist. - John T Carpenter

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    Crane Scroll, Part 1 by Sotatsu, Tawaraya , Koetsu, Hon'ami

    The scroll, almost fifteen meters long, was designed to be viewed section by section. Delicate silver cranes dance across a golden shore, gliding through clouds of gold, sometimes in graceful formation, other times frolicking. The lavish gold and silver under painting, attributed to Tawaraya Sotatsu, captures the eye first, however it was not intended to be viewed as a self-sustaining composition, but rather as a background to highlight the darlky inked strokes created by the calligrapher's brush. Boldly inscribed by Hon'ami Koetsu in his distinctive calligraphic style, the texts include famous court verses, one by each of the Thirty-six Immortal Poets 0 famous poets of ancient Japan. - from text by John Carpenter.

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    Bronze Vase

    Bronze vase with rounded bottom and narrower neck opening up to a wider mouth. Song dynasty copy of earlier bronze age works.

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    Crane scroll, part 2 by Sotatsu, Tawaraya , Koetsu, Hon'ami

    See Crane scroll, part 1 (soc000277)

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    Crane scroll, part 3 by Sotatsu, Tawaraya , Koetsu, Hon'ami

    See Crane scroll, part 1 (soc000277)

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    General Charles

    Portrait of General Charles "Chinese" Gordon, dressed here in robes presented by the Emperor, who led the Chinese army to victory against the Taipings.

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    Bronze Censer and Jug with Gold and Silver Inlay

    Bronze censer and jug featuring gold and silver inlays and reign mark of Xuande (reign 1426-35 AD), but copying earlier styles from the Chinese bronze age.

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    Bookstore Aisle

    Some people peruse the book selections at the store "And You"