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  • Thumbnail for Chinese Carved Soapstone Vases - back view
    Chinese Carved Soapstone Vases - back view

    9 3/4"" each. Two vases with peony branches, flowers and leaves twisted around the front of the baluster form vases, continuing down to include the four legged stands carved from one stone, two pieces.

  • Thumbnail for Bronze Incised Belt Hook - top view
    Bronze Incised Belt Hook - top view

    2"w. Cast with projecting brows, scrolled horns and large scrolled ears, loop handle below a protruding nose which is flanked by hooked fangs, incised with fur markings, traces of gilding present. Dated to Late Eastern Zhou/ Early Han Dynasty.

  • Thumbnail for Chinese Mutton Fat Jade with Wooden Stand (with stand)
    Chinese Mutton Fat Jade with Wooden Stand (with stand)

    3 7/8" l. Greenish-white jade with russet markings carved in an archaistic style standing dragon, handcarved fitted wood stand.

  • Thumbnail for Chinese Carved Wooden Figure of Old Farmer - back view
    Chinese Carved Wooden Figure of Old Farmer - back view

    4 1/2" h. A figure of an elderly bearded man in peasant clothes and bare feet, standing, holding a pouch in his right hand by his side and raising his left hand, boxwood.

  • Thumbnail for Chinese Carved Gourd with Literary Scenes (1 view 2)
    Chinese Carved Gourd with Literary Scenes (1 view 2)

    1 1/2" h x 1 3/4" l (including base). Side view of finely carved gourd showing scenes from literature and opera.

  • Thumbnail for Bronze Incised Belt Hook with missing gemstone - side view
    Bronze Incised Belt Hook with missing gemstone - side view

    Detail of scrolling pattern on inlaid bronze belt hook. Spot for possible missing gemstone can be seen at center.

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    Plate

    Large central scene of Baptism of Christ in iron red and gold. Fruit & flower border with putti holding banner inscribed "Mat 3: 16" a reference perhaps to a Bible passage found in Matthew 3:16.

  • Thumbnail for Chinese Ming Style Vase - view 4
    Chinese Ming Style Vase - view 4

    7" h. Baluster form, very finely painted in brilliant underglazed-blue from the lip down, a band of ruyi heads with hanging jewel pendants, on the bottom of the neck a band of stiff overlapping leaves followed by a narrow band of diamond diaper alternating with four Buddhist emblems, the Wheel of the Law, conch shell, umbrella and vase, followed by a band of pendant three prong spear heads on the shoulder, two chilong standing at the top of a cliff with a twisted tree trunk above and behind them with rock formations, on the tall splayed foot a band of formal lotus pod lappets, stippling and mottling simulating ""heaped and piled"" effect, surface with ""orange peel"" effect, seal characters of Yongzheng and of the period

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    Funerary Vases (view 1) vase 1

    One of two funerary vases. This unusual green glaze jar belongs to a particular type of funerary vessel made during the Three Kingdoms and Western Jin dynasties. Called a hunping (spirit jar), it has a long tapered body topped by a configuration of architectural elements and animals. In this example, figures circle the jar as other creatures swarm up the neck of the container.

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    Bronze Inscribed Mirror (detail)

    3" w. The recessed field is centered by a plain pierced knob surrounded by a circle of seal characters alternating with hairspring-like loops and X's in diamonds flanked by rope twist borders over which is an inscribed plate with the inscription "Zhang-zhia zao" ("Made by the Zhang family").

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    Stoneware Dish (back)

    Back view of one of a set of small offering plates. The front side features an incised lotus in which the green glaze sits to highlight the design. A light crackle effect can be seen on all of the set pieces; the underside is useful for showing how the glaze flows over the body of the plate, clinging but not entirely covering it.

  • Thumbnail for Chinese Carved Gourd with Literary Scenes (2 view 1)
    Chinese Carved Gourd with Literary Scenes (2 view 1)

    1 1/2"h x 1 3/4"l (including base). Side view of finely carved gourd showing scenes from literature and opera.

  • Thumbnail for Chinese Carved Gourd with Literary Scenes (1 view 3)
    Chinese Carved Gourd with Literary Scenes (1 view 3)

    1 1/2"h x 1 3/4"l (including base). Side view of finely carved gourd showing scenes from literature and opera.

  • Thumbnail for Chinese Ladies  - part of set
    Chinese Ladies - part of set

    Front view of pair of painted earthenware figures of women, boasting long sleeves and slender shape and an extended bouffant hairstyle. Funerary figurines.

  • Thumbnail for Stoneware Cup - bottom view
    Stoneware Cup - bottom view

    2" average height. One of set of 3 cups, campanualate with slightly thickened rims and solid straight sided foot-rings, yellowish glassy and finely crazed glaze, grey body.

  • Thumbnail for Carved and Painted Wooden Brush (detail)
    Carved and Painted Wooden Brush (detail)

    Detail of design on wooden portion of brush showing motif of crane under a pine tree.

  • Thumbnail for Japanese Ichimatsu Doll in Blue Kimono - side detail
    Japanese Ichimatsu Doll in Blue Kimono - side detail

    Ichimatsu doll, 22†with human hair, glass eyes, and working wooden fan and joined limbs. Named after Sanogawa Ichimatsu, an 18th c. Kabuki actor who specialized in female roles, Ichimatsu dolls are an Edo (Tokyo) invention. They portray little Japanese girls and boys in their holiday silk kimonos and are sometimes commissioned by the rich as portraits of their children. The dolls are display objects, not toys, and are usually kept in a glass box. They can range in size from 5†to 30†and are especially valuable if triple jointed. A subcategory of Ichimatsu Dolls that is of particular interest to Berea College is the torei-ningyo or Friendship Doll. These are Ichimatsu dolls have their origins in the attempt by the Reverend Sidney L. Gulick to amend bad feelings in Japan created by the Exclusion Act of 1924, which denied immigration and citizenship rights to persons of Chinese and Japanese descent. Gulick, who knew Francis Hutchins, hit on the idea of sending “blue-eyed dolls†as ambassadors of friendship. He managed to have 12,379 sent to Japan by 1927. The dolls were very favorably received and in return, 58 large Ichimatsu dolls were commissioned from such noted doll-makers as Hirata Goyo to represent the Imperial Household, the 6 largest cities, the individual prefectures, and the Japanese territories of Korea, Taiwan, and Manchuria. Each Friendship Doll was furnished with accessories, including lacquered furniture, tea sets, lanterns, folding screens, parasols, geta (raised wood sandals), and other personal ornaments, not to mention passports. The friendship dolls sailed to America in 1927. They toured the country and were then given to museums, libraries and other appropriate institutions that had children’s departments, with Miss Japan going to the Smithsonian Institution. (See Sidney L. Gulick, Dolls of Friendship: The Story of a Goodwill Project between the Children of America and Japan, Friendship Press, NY: 1927.) Many Friendship Dolls are now lost or forgotten, though efforts are being made to find the original group and some have even returned to Japan for restoration, arriving there to great local fanfare. In addition, Gulick’s grandson, Sidney L. Gulick III, continues to send dolls to Japan.

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    Bronze Chinese Mirror

    H: 3/4" W: 5-1/8". Mirror, bronze disc with light green and yellow patina. Obverse: polished. Reverse: decorative outer edge, inscribed inner edge, center boss raised with hole to attach mirror to support; square container of light wood with sliding lid.

  • Thumbnail for Plate  with Black Butterfly Pattern
    Plate with Black Butterfly Pattern

    Decorated in "Hundred Butterfly" or "Black Butterfly" pattern this plate is decorated in polychrome enamels and gold, with continuous border of sixty butterflies interrupted by four panels, each containing two butterflies and a bee, all framed within narrow bands on the rim, central design of two large butterflies encircled by twenty smaller ones and several other flying insects.

  • Thumbnail for Chinese Jianyao Teabowl (bottom)
    Chinese Jianyao Teabowl (bottom)

    2 " h x 4 1/4" w. The conical bowl on a narrow shallow foot ring is covered with a chocolate glaze on the exterior and interior of the reddish brown stoneware except for the base and just above the foot ring.

  • Thumbnail for Gold Lacquer Inro with Ivory Netsuke - front view
    Gold Lacquer Inro with Ivory Netsuke - front view

    H: 6 cm W: 5 cm L: 1.8 cm D: of netsuke 4.2 cm. Gold lacquer inro with overlay design in mother of pearl and shakudo. Design: flying cranes. Ivory netsuke: turtle and toad; signed inside. Cover: Korin

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    Plate

    Decorated in underglaze blue, with alternating panels of peaches and auspicious symbols separated by beaded pendants on barned rim, central scene of a bird and grasshopper amongst rocks and flowering foliage within an octafoil medallion reserved on a key scroll and cell diaper ground, roundels alternating with straight lines on the reserve.

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    Oval Platter by Fitzhugh pattern

    Exuberant green Fitzhugh border and 4 panels. Center design is shield with initials in front of sepia eagle with spread wings.

  • Thumbnail for Sixteen Sword Guards - Japanese term, tsuba
    Sixteen Sword Guards - Japanese term, tsuba

    Sixteen individual sword guards made of various materials.

  • Thumbnail for Monteith Bowl
    Monteith Bowl

    Of circular form with eight notches on the rim; decorated with an underglaze blue ground on the exterior; with floral lappets and peonies surrounding the eight reserved cartouches containing vessels and vases. On the inside there are eight Buddhist emblems.