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  • Thumbnail for East Asian Ceramics:  Then and Now.  03,  Shino-ware Ewer
    East Asian Ceramics: Then and Now. 03, Shino-ware Ewer by unknown

    Shino-ware was associated with kilns of the Mino district, near Tajimi in Gifu prefecture, central Honshu, north of Nagoya and Seto. Shino-ware is characterized by its glaze, which is known simply as Shino. It is usually a thick white glaze with a soft lustrous surface, neither matte nor glossy, and a surprising sense of tactile softness to the touch. Often, on the rim or other ridges of a form, the color will break to a warm orangish color, hinting at a sense of the clay body under the glaze (or it may suggest other images, as with the rim of Mrs. Ota's tea bowl in the Kawabata novel, Thousand Cranes). It is a subtle and rich glaze, one much favored by masters of tea. Often, but not always, designs were painted on the surface of pieces before they were glazed. These patterns, painted with an iron slip or pigment, are partially obscured and softened by the glaze over them, creating both a quiet subtlety of design and a sense of depth to the glazed surface. -- An aside about this particular piece is the difference in color of the lid of the ewer and the body of the ewer, proper, suggesting that perhaps the pieces were fired apart from one another and that, even if they were immediately side by side in the kiln, the atmosphere in the kiln (the amount of smokiness or clarity of flame) was slightly different around each of the two pieces. A problem that will be recognized by all potters, today, just as then. -- Russell Tyson Purchase Fund Income, 1966.332

  • Thumbnail for Horyuji, view 09, five story pagoda, exterior from north
    Horyuji, view 09, five story pagoda, exterior from north

    The Five-storied pagoda at Horyuji is an original structure remaining from the late 7th c., when the compound at Horyuji was built. The ground floor of the Horyuji pagoda is surrounded by a narrow corridor with a slight roof covering it. This corridor and its roof, not part of the original structure, hide the proportional relationship of the original ground story and the top story of the pagoda -- the width of the top story is one half that of the ground story; the intermediate stories step in in equal amounts as we move from one to the next. The result of this stepping-in is a visual sense of soaring and lightness as the pagoda rises, creating a sense of elegance and a perception, illusion, of great height. -- The famous tableau of the death of the Buddha and the tableau of the Yuima-Monju debate, sculpted in clay in the early 8th c., are in the ground story of the Five-storied Pagoda. [c. 711, early Nara period (Tenpyo)]

  • Thumbnail for Byodoin, Amida Buddha, view 2
    Byodoin, Amida Buddha, view 2 by Jocho (Joochoo)

    Again, the Amida figure in the Hoodo, Byodoin, as seen at eye level. This image shows some of the apsara figures, high relief wood carvings, that are on the walls above and around the Amida figure. Also, in the lower left, the altar in front ot the Amida, with its symbolic offerings to the Buddha.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 086, Karst three miles west of Guiyang, Guizhou
    Thorp Collection 086, Karst three miles west of Guiyang, Guizhou

    Karst North of Guiyang, Guizhou. This image and all othrs identified as I.D.Nos. ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing."

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 107,  Landslide, Gansu.
    Thorp Collection 107, Landslide, Gansu.

    Landslide, Gansu. This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanatin and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing," the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 082, Tea Bushes on Paddy Banks - N. Huanghao, Anhui
    Thorp Collection 082, Tea Bushes on Paddy Banks - N. Huanghao, Anhui

    Tea Bushes on Paddy Banks - N. Huanghao, Anhui. This image and all othrs identified as I.D.Nos. ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing."

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 075, Tung oil - tea.  Anhui.
    Thorp Collection 075, Tung oil - tea. Anhui.

    Tung oil - tea. Anhui. This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of the image I.D. No. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing."

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 100, Tang No Iazmy Sand Tinghsien
    Thorp Collection 100, Tang No Iazmy Sand Tinghsien

    Tang No Iazmy Sand Tinghsien. This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. No. ecasia000072, ""Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing.""

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 083, Untitled.
    Thorp Collection 083, Untitled.

    Untitled. This image and all othrs identified as I.D.Nos. ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing."

  • Thumbnail for Horyuji, view 07, Five storied pagoda, exterior, north and west sides
    Horyuji, view 07, Five storied pagoda, exterior, north and west sides

    This is the northwest corner of the Five-storied Pagoda. It is seen here from the ambulatory, the clositered walk that defines and encloses the compound. (At this point, the north-south ambulatory along the west side of the compound turns east for a short distance, before turning back north. This slight "dog leg" in the cloister walk occurs just south of the sutra repository, which is built into the cloister wall just south of the Kodo. The Kodo is the Lecture Hall, the south-facing building that defines the northern side of the compound. The Belfry, the Sutra Respository, and the Kodo were originally outside of the cloister wall, the original north side of which crossed the compound, east to west, next to the north of the Kondo and the Pagoda. It is worth noting here that the north-south axis of Buddhist temples and compounds is almost inviolable and is based, originally, in the concerns of geomancy, Chinese in origin.)

  • Thumbnail for Korean ceramics: Dish with Pine Tree, Buncheong-style ware.
    Korean ceramics: Dish with Pine Tree, Buncheong-style ware. by Min Young-ki (1947 - ), potter and Chun Sung-woo (1934 - ), painter

    This large dish is a collaborative piece, created by Min Young-ki, potter, and Chun Sung-woo, painter, both famous contemporary artists. The piece is in the style of Buncheong-ware. In this piece, the dish was created and coated with a white slip (clay in a liquid state); the image of a tall pine tree was painted on top of the white slip, and the piece was then covered with glaze and fired. Gift of Chung Yang-mo, 2004.14

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 174, Wushan Gorge.
    Thorp Collection 174, Wushan Gorge.

    This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing," the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 172, Wushan Gorge.
    Thorp Collection 172, Wushan Gorge.

    This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing," the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 140, Bridge outside Wantsauhsien, Jiangxi.
    Thorp Collection 140, Bridge outside Wantsauhsien, Jiangxi.

    This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing," the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 160, View Fr. Hill Yichang.
    Thorp Collection 160, View Fr. Hill Yichang.

    This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing," the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 169, Kungling Gorge Rapids.
    Thorp Collection 169, Kungling Gorge Rapids.

    This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing," the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 207, Southeast of Guiyang.
    Thorp Collection 207, Southeast of Guiyang.

    Southeast of Guiyang. This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, “Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing,†the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 201, Aerial view #1.
    Thorp Collection 201, Aerial view #1.

    Aerial view #1. This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, “Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing,†the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 202, Aerial view #2.
    Thorp Collection 202, Aerial view #2.

    Aerial view #2. This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, “Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing,†the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Environmental Implications of Japan's Geology 10, Typical steep mountain slopes susceptible to slides and falls, between Morioka and Miyako.
    Environmental Implications of Japan's Geology 10, Typical steep mountain slopes susceptible to slides and falls, between Morioka and Miyako.

    Typical steep mountain slopes susceptible to slides and falls, between Morioka and Miyako. -- The steep mountain slopes that characterize much of Japan, combined with a climate that causes periodic heavy, saturating rainfall, provide ideal sites for landslides. Near volcanoes, thick accumulations of loose, unconsolidated ash may turn to mudflows with the first significant rainfall. In addition, there are frequent earthquakes to shake unstable slopes and act as triggers for landslides. -- Many Japanese towns are located on flat land at the foot of steep slopes and landslide disasters have been numerous. Even if slides do not directly affect settlements, they may disrupt transportation and dam rivers in narrow valleys.

  • Thumbnail for Landscapes of Japan, 05, Mountainous Kitakami Highlands, mostly Paleozoic sedimentary rocks, at Tanohata.
    Landscapes of Japan, 05, Mountainous Kitakami Highlands, mostly Paleozoic sedimentary rocks, at Tanohata.

    Mountainous Kitakami Highlands, mostly Paleozoic sedimentary rocks, at Tanohata. -- The Kitakami Highlands are typical of many of the mountains of Japan. The landscape is mostly slopes with narrow ridge tops and only a few small flat valley bottoms. One is visible in the right side of this scene. These mountains are not volcanic but rather consist of sedimentary rocks deposited in horizontal layers which were later deformed by crustal movements related to plate convergence.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 148, Liuchow Ferry; Gaungxi Zhuangzu Autonomous Region.
    Thorp Collection 148, Liuchow Ferry; Gaungxi Zhuangzu Autonomous Region.

    This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing," the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 143, Waterwheel, Gaungxi Zhuangzu Autonomous Region.
    Thorp Collection 143, Waterwheel, Gaungxi Zhuangzu Autonomous Region.

    This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing," the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 159, Yangtze boats, N. Donting.
    Thorp Collection 159, Yangtze boats, N. Donting.

    This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing," the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.

  • Thumbnail for Thorp Collection 153, Weinoiwei, Shandong.
    Thorp Collection 153, Weinoiwei, Shandong.

    This image and all others identified as ecasia000072 through ecasia000278, are scans of images from the James Thorp Collection, Earlham College. An explanation and description of the collection and its origin are included in the description of image I.D. ecasia000072, "Altar of Heaven at night, Beijing," the first Thorp image presented in this project collection.