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    Wheel of Life Thangka by Unknown

    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.

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    Silver box

    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.

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    Matted Balinese painting

    Woman bathing at a spring. Batuan

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    Matted Balinese painting

    Woman gathering flowers. Batuan

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    Small hand cymbal and wooden mallet by Unknown

    18-1/8 (L) x 2-3/4 (Cir. Of cymbal) inches. White bell metal with a long wood clapper attached by a twisted rope. (Played during ritual feeding of the ghosts).

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    The Teacher of Rama by Unknown

    Paint on paper; 9 15/16 x 13 3/16 inches.

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    Chen Rizig (Avalokitesvara)

    7-3/4 inches (H) x 2-1/2 (D) x 2-1/2 (W). Figure, gilt bronze, Lokesawa, standing Buddha.

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    China and the U. S. A. by Browder, Earl

    This pamphlet is the text of a speech delivered on September 2 at the Coney Island Velodrome by Earl Browder, General Secretary of the Communist Party, at the opening of the Communist municipal election campaign.

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    What are we doing in China? by North, Joseph

    Joseph North explains US intervention in China during the Sino-Japanese War.

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    Square Ga'u (Traveling Shrine) by Unknown

    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.

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    Siling Poba (Man's Drinking Bowl) by Unknown

    2-1/8 (H) x 4-3/4 (Dia.) inches. Silver -lined wood burl man's drinking cup, with silver repousse floral capped foot with Eight Chinese Taoist Immortal symbols.

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    Offering Pitcher with Feathers by Unknown

    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.

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    Tara by Unknown

    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.

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    Double - Ended Vajra by Unknown

    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.

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    Silver Phurpa by Unknown

    4 (L) x 7/8 (W) inches. Sterling silver phurpa has three faces of a wrathful deity at the end followed by a dorji, the head of a makara and on the tripartite blade two nagas emerging from th mouth of the makara.

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    Dancing Shiva

    Probably made in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. The metal is probably an alloy of copper, tin and zinc.

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    Building at Chongqing

    “My 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€

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    Chongqing

    “I have often thought about the question: ‘What makes a city glamorous?’ Certain cities, Paris, Peiping, New York, San Francisco, have a certain ‘it’ that most cities lack. One of the factors of a city’s appeal, I think, is concerned with geography…On its narrow peninsula where the Chaling joins the Yangtze, Chungking rises on its steep bluffs out of the mists of its rivers.†[17 “On an island in the Yangtze…is the Chungking winter airport…In February’s low water the island was al’ but connected with the Chungking shore.†[21]

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    Calisthenics at West China Union University

    Calisthenics. Don Flaherty also witnessed a political demonstration while in Chengdu. “The students at Szechwan National University…which is just down the Min River from Chengtu, once obtained the release of a former City councilor arrested by the secret police…[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 people’ there…The next morning more than 2,000 students were on the march…About one in ten left his classes at West China Union to join the protest.†[71]

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    Another view of waterwheels on the road from Chengdu to Chongqing

    “Where 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.†[8]

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    Plaque at temple in Kuanxian near Chengdu

    “There are annual sacrifices to Li-Ping at his temple at Kuanhsien, and his six characters advise to ‘Dig the channels deep and keep the dykes low’ is adhered to by a yearly cleaning of the irrigation canals.†[67]

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    Vegetable curing on the road from Chengdu to Chongqing

    On the rooftop were the green vegetables drying in the sun.†[7]