64 (L) x 39 (W) inches. Yama, the Lord of Death holds the Wheel of Life in his mouth and claws. A three-eyed growling bear-like creature with fangs, clawed hands and feet, he wears blue floral wrist and ankle bracelets, a tiger skin loin cloth and a five-skull crown. The Wheel he holds symbolizes the endless cycle of rebirth. In the center are the Three Poisons: the Snake carried by the Pigeon attacking the Pig. The Six Conditions of rebirth are depicted i the body of the Wheel and the Twelve Causes of rebirth are on the rim of the Wheel. Mounted as a scroll with orange and turquoise silk frames on purple silk brocade with a green and red silk dust covers and plain silver scroll ends.
Design of the lotus and sacred "swans" (hamas) based on carved moonstones located at the entrances of ancient Buddhist monuments in Sri Lanka. Swans are organized in the direction of ritual circumambulation around the central lotus. Possibly made for retail sale.
Woman bathing at a spring. Batuan
Woman gathering flowers. Batuan
7-3/4 inches (H) x 2-1/2 (D) x 2-1/2 (W). Figure, gilt bronze, Lokesawa, standing Buddha.
4-1/4 (L) x 4-1/4 (W) x 1-7/8(D); chord: 30 in. long. Square G'au or reliquary box with a wheel design on the cover consisting of the Eight Trigrams around a series of numbers in the middle which add up to 15 in all directions. These are framed twelve Zodiac animals and Buddhist symbols with a dragon , tiger, garuda bird and Buddhist lion-dog in the corners. There sides of the cover are engraved with floral and bird designs with two opposite sides fitted with two silver bar handles through which is threaded a braided and looped self-tasseled blue and brown silk cord which holds the box together.
Pitcher: 4-3/8 (H) x 1-7/8 (dia); feather top: 14-1/2 (L) x 3-1/4 (W) inches. Brass vase-shaped Bumpa or offering pitcher with a flat lozenge design pierced overhanging rim and a high matched pierced foot with a long tapering spout. A long copper stopper fitted with peacock feathers and a grass filler sits into the top of the pitcher and functions as a sprinkler for the consecrated water.
26 inches high by 10.8 inches wide. Image of the Buddhist goddess Tara seated on a double lotus; traces of polychrome paint & furnished w/ elaborate earrings, necklace & bracelet of repousee copper; arrested termite damage most notably on hands and base; previous catalog number "484" on bottom of base.
5 (L) x 1-5/8 (W) inches. Brass dorje with two openwork pronged ends composed of makara heads (composite aquatic and semi-aquatic creatures) with their tongues protruding, resting on a lotus flower with a plain bulge in the center where the dorje is to be held. The latter separated by rows of narrow beading.
Carved out of marble and painted.
Probably made in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. The metal is probably an alloy of copper, tin and zinc.
â€œMy room was directly on the city wall at the top of a cliff overlooking the Chaling River. Below were the black tiled roofs of houses hugging the cliff with black wisps of smoke adding to the mistâ€
â€œI have often thought about the question: â€˜What makes a city glamorous?â€™ Certain cities, Paris, Peiping, New York, San Francisco, have a certain â€˜itâ€™ that most cities lack. One of the factors of a cityâ€™s appeal, I think, is concerned with geographyâ€¦On its narrow peninsula where the Chaling joins the Yangtze, Chungking rises on its steep bluffs out of the mists of its rivers.â€ [17 â€œOn an island in the Yangtzeâ€¦is the Chungking winter airportâ€¦In Februaryâ€™s low water the island was alâ€™ but connected with the Chungking shore.â€ 
Calisthenics. Don Flaherty also witnessed a political demonstration while in Chengdu. â€œThe students at Szechwan National Universityâ€¦which is just down the Min River from Chengtu, once obtained the release of a former City councilor arrested by the secret policeâ€¦[O]ne evening when [the councilor] was walking down a city street he was grabbed by a man in a jeep and whisked off to an unlighted prison cell. His wife got in touch with the Student Self Government Association at Szechwan National University, where he was well known and admired because of his speeches `in the name of the peopleâ€™ thereâ€¦The next morning more than 2,000 students were on the marchâ€¦About one in ten left his classes at West China Union to join the protest.â€ 
â€œWhere there are streams of sufficient force there are water wheels. The force of the water against the baffles turns the wheel, raising bamboo tubes which have collected water and emptying the tubes at the top into a trough, from which bamboos lead to the terraces to be irrigated.â€ 
â€œThere are annual sacrifices to Li-Ping at his temple at Kuanhsien, and his six characters advise to â€˜Dig the channels deep and keep the dykes lowâ€™ is adhered to by a yearly cleaning of the irrigation canals.â€ 
On the rooftop were the green vegetables drying in the sun.â€