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    Matted Balinese painting

    Unidentified narrative, Batuan

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    Matted Balinese painting

    Unidentified narrative depicting man shot with an arrow in the landscape. Un unfinished pencil sketch is on the reverse. Batuan

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    Matted Balinese painting

    Demons fighting in the forest. Batuan

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    Vessel

    Silver and copper. Said to be Syrian. Human figures in medallions around upper rim appear to be Iranian in style, as does the shape of the vessel.

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    Chopstick and Knife Set by Unknown

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

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    Butter Lamp by Unknown

    7-1/2 inches (Dia.) x 3-3/8 (H). Silver butter lamp with removable lid. The large cup divided into two registers by ribbed banding. The upper register, below the flaring rim, is engraved with the Eight sacred Buddhist Symbols and the lower register with lotus flowers alternating with offering bowls. The cup sits on a high pedestal base consisting of a scrolling lotus and SHOU medallion bead above an elongated lotus petal base with two rows of lotus petals above a plain cone foot finished with a stylized vegetable design at the bottom. The plain lid has three coin cut-outs and is fitted with a small silver hat shield which is attached to the open center rim hole and has thin silver tube for the wick.

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    Linga and yoni - detail of linga by Unknown

    The linga and yoni represent the male and female sex reunited. The linga represents the divine phallus of Shiva and stands erect from the yoni. Stone, possibly marble.

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    Round Ga’u by Unknown

    4-1/8 (L) x 3 (W) inches. Round silver G'au or reliquary box with beaded rim and scrolling leaf filigree design on the lid with a single coral bead in the middle. The back has a removable base plate made of copper. The cover fitted on one side with a long looped ring and a pointed bead on the other.

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    Hand drum by Unknown

    23-1/4 (L) x 3-5/8 (Dia. of drum) inches. Double carved wood drum with stretched leather faces, a silver floral ban in the middle inlaid with six turquoise stones and two silver side loops with leather straps ending with wood beads. Decorated with a long macrame knotted red and yellow silk tassel which is attached to a woven silver chain wrapped in red fabric. (This small drum is played by shaking it rapidly so that the bead/clappers hit the drum faces.)

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    Phurpa by Unknown

    8-1/8 (L) x 7/8 (W) inches. This cast brass phurpa has three faces of wrathful deity at the end followed by a hexagonal knot, a double lotus flower grip, another knot, and head of a makara holding the tripartite iron blade with gilded nagas emerging from the mouth of the makara.

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    Matted Balinese painting

    Unidentified narrative depicting spotted animals with farming implements at a spring observed by a boy riding a buffalo, Batuan

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    Matted Balinese painting

    Unidentified narrative depicting a man attacked by dogs at the entrance of a house compound. Batuan

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    Linga and yoni - detail of yoni by Unknown

    The linga and yoni represent the male and female sex reunited. The linga represents the divine phallus of Shiva and stands erect from the yoni. Stone, possibly marble.

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    Export ware punch bowl

    Porcelain punch bowl decorated with the hongs or wharves of Guangzhou. Chinese export porcelain.

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  • Thumbnail for Dasavataras, Visnu's ten incarnations - one of set of ten
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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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    The Thought of Mao Tse-Tung by Strong, Anna Louise

    Reprinted from Amerasia, June, 1947.

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    China's New Crisis by Strong, Anna Louise

    Key books ; no. 14. An overview of Chinese-Japanese relations.

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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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    Worked landscape on the road from Chengdu to Chongqing

    “There were places where man’s geometry was impossible, and the red, yellow, or chocolate brown earth stood chin up. There was little foliage, the hills centuries ago having been denuded of trees in the clearing of the land or because of the great need for fuel. There were clumps of the quick growing, great grass, bamboo, and scattered oil trees of tung and castor, pruned to within an inch of their lives.†[8]

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    Flaherty's Arrival at China West Union University

    Don Flaherty joined the faculty of West China Union University as an English instructor. “West China Union University is a private institution operated by American, Canadian, and English protestant missionary societies. During the Japanese war its campus was the seat of refugee universities from [Beiping, Jinan,] and Nanking. Now there are some 1500 students on its campus who are students of arts, science, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, education, and bio-chemistry. About half of the men students dress I western fashion with sports jackets and slacks. There are even a few large knotted ties…The other half of the men wear ankle length gowns. These are usually dark blue, and have long sleeves. “ [69]

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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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    The Plain of Chengdu

    “In the Ch’in Dynasty Li-Ping became Governor of Szechwan and engineered the division of the water of the Min River as it enters the Chengtu Plain at Kuanhsien so that the whole plain is irrigated, and thanks to his genius there has never been a famine on the Chengdu Plain.†[67]