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    Horn and Silver Snuff Bottle by Unknown

    1-7/8 inches (W) x 2-3/4 (H). Snuff bottle, horn with silver mounts set with various,gemstones.

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    Woman Worshipping Image of Krishna by Unknown

    Paint on paper; 8 x 5 3/4 inches.

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    Kursran and Shirin by Unknown

    Paint on paper; 9 1/8 x 6 1/16 inches.

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    Seated Jambhala Serpo by Unknown

    6 inches (H) x 3-3/4 (W) x 2-1/2 (Depth). Figure, silver, seated Buddha with traces of pigment.

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    Chopstick and Knife Set by Unknown

    Chopstick and knife set, wood, with brass mounts, Sino-Tibetan.

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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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    Tea Cup with Metal Cover and Stand by Unknown

    Teacup: 2-1/2 (H) x 3-1/2 (Dia); stand: 2-1/2 (H) x 4-1/8 (Dia); cover: 2-1/4 (H) x 3-3/8(Dia) in inches. The porcelain tea cup is decorated with five Buddhist lion dog puppies in yellow aubergine, blue and red. It sits into a footed silver repousse stand and is fitted with a stupa-design domed matching silver cover. The lotus shaped stand has the Eight sacred Buddhist symbols on a leaf scroll background and three lotus flowers on the high foot. The matching lid is toped with a jade bead. There is a illegible red mark on the base of the cup.

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    Kadampa Stupa by Unknown

    7-1/8 (H) x 3-3/4 (Circumference) inches. The stupa or chorten, is also a reliquary object and represents Buddhas enlightened mind. The bell-shaped cavity would hold the sacred reliquary. The bell-shaped base is surmounted a square base and thirteen tiered graduated discs with a flat lotus umbrella and lotus finial. The base is wrapped with red and black leather. Terese Bartholomew believes that the stupa was probably opened and resealed in this way.

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  • Thumbnail for Dasavataras, Visnu's ten incarnations - one of set of ten
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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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    Letter Seal by Unknown

    2 (L) x 1/2 (Dia.) inches. Conical iron seal with leaf-shaped top and scored design, the base with calligraphy.

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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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    Bicycles in the City of Chengdu

    “In the last twenty years several of the city streets have been widened.†[68] On the modern, paved and widened streets photographed by Don Flaherty, bicycles now raced past rickshaws under the watchful gaze of modern police. “On the streets there are a few jeeps and civilian cars. At each bridge there is usually a broken-down truck, unable to make the grade. There are young Chinese, and foreigners of all ages on bicycles. There are many rickshaws: broken down public ones whose coolies wear straw sandals even in the coldest weather, and shiny private ones with pneumatic tires, upholstery, tiger skin lap robes, feather dusters and better dressed coolies.†[68-69]

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    The Thought of Mao Tse-Tung by Strong, Anna Louise

    Reprinted from Amerasia, June, 1947.

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    Traffic accident along the road from Chengdu to Chongqing

    “As the driver [of the postal truck] started down the mountain he turned off his motor. I braced myself. As we free-wheeled around blind S-curves the driver leaned on his horn…When our momentum became so great that we couldn’t have gotten around the next curve on even two wheels, the driver reluctantly applied the brakes. The brakes were uneven, and the truck began swaying from side to side. I wondered whether I was lucky or unlucky to be seated so as to be unable to see where I would end.†[7]

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    Women at West China Union University

    “The coeds skirts are definitely long. Dresses fall to within 12, some even to within 10 inches off the floor. However, they are slit to the knee and it is possible to walk in a Chinese long dress. In cool weather the well dressed coed wears a sports jacket over her dress. The jacket is as simple as a man’s but more colorful. The coed is a bobby soxer. In a land of unheated buildings she has to be. Her shoes are of the sports type, with t-h-i-c-k rubber soles.†[70]

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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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    Traveling shrine charm box or 'gao' by Unknown

    3 5/8 by 3 5/8 inches; mixed metal. A "gao" is a reliquary, most often worn around the neck. Some are elaborate and high art pieces, with silver, gold, and jewels. Charm or amulet inside referred to as a 'tsa tsa'. Acquired by Berea College in 1973.

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    Traversing a river on the road from Chengdu to Chongqing

    Carrying an automobile across the water.

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    Terracing along the road from Chengdu to Chongqing

    In his book Broken Bits Don Flaherty describes a trip he took from Chengdu to Hong Kong and back by truck, jeep, plane, train, and boat. The first leg of the trip, by road was by open, public truck crammed with goods, luggage, and passengers. “Once we passed from the Chengdu Plain, the country became rugged. But it continued to be intensely cultivated. There were terraces all of the way up the hillsides – sometimes twenty or more levels from the bottom. The geometry of man imposed on the ancient angry thrusts of nature.â€

  • Thumbnail for Bamboo and a farmhouse on the road from Chengdu to Chongqing
    Bamboo and a farmhouse on the road from Chengdu to Chongqing

    “Across the plain to the horizon were the small patches in shades of green. Scattered under bamboos turned ever so slightly yellow were the farmhouses of frame bamboo covered with bamboo matting and rice straw thatching. Occasionally there was a more prosperous, tile-roofed farmhouse surrounded by a wall. Inside were the family, the chickens, the pigs, the water buffalo.†[6-7]