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Chinese Art

  • Guanyin, the Bodhisattava of...

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    Guanyin, the Bodhisattava of Compassion

    early 17th century

    Dimensions

    36cm (14 3/16in.)

    Medium

    Porcelain, Dehua ware

    Classification

    Ceramics, Porcelain

    Accession Number

    78.1

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  • A Daoist immortal

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    A Daoist immortal

    19th century

    Dimensions

    Overall: 96 x 53.5cm (37 13/16 x 21 1/16in.)

    Medium

    Ink and colors on pre-painted paper weave

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    92.2725

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  • Zhong Kui, demon queller

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    Zhong Kui, demon queller

    19th century

    Dimensions

    Other (Overall): 64cm (25 3/16in.)

    Medium

    Ink and colors, paper weave

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    92.2726

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  • Two lions

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    Two lions

    19th century

    Dimensions

    Overall: 95 x 54cm (37 3/8 x 21 1/4in.)

    Medium

    Ink and color on pre-painted paperweave

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    92.2728

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  • A female Daoist immortal

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    A female Daoist immortal

    19th century

    Dimensions

    Overall: 94 x 54cm (37 x 21 1/4in.)

    Medium

    Ink and colors on pre-painted paperweave

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    92.2729

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  • Wen Chang Xing riding on the head...

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    Wen Chang Xing riding on the head of a dragon

    19th century

    Dimensions

    Overall: 96 x 55cm (37 13/16 x 21 5/8in.)

    Medium

    Ink and colors on pre-painted paperweave

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    92.2730

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  • A man holding an unwritten scroll

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    A man holding an unwritten scroll

    19th century

    Dimensions

    96 x 54.5 cm (37 13/16 x 21 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Ink and colors on pre-painted paperweave

    Classification

    Paintings

    Accession Number

    92.2731

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  • Mandarin's shoe (one of a...

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    Mandarin's shoe (one of a pair)

    Medium

    Damask

    Classification

    Costumes

    Accession Number

    92.2808

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  • Tea-cup

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    Tea-cup

    1820

    Dimensions

    Legacy dimension: D. 0.057

    Medium

    Clay

    Classification

    Ceramics, Pottery

    Accession Number

    92.3482

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  • Haisen, bowl-shaped, three Chinese...

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    Haisen, bowl-shaped, three Chinese boys as supports

    1800

    Dimensions

    Legacy dimension: D. 0.095

    Medium

    Clay

    Classification

    Ceramics, Pottery

    Accession Number

    92.3637

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  • Brush-holder

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    Brush-holder

    1797

    Dimensions

    Legacy dimension: H. 0.123

    Medium

    Clay

    Classification

    Ceramics, Pottery

    Accession Number

    92.3758

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  • Court insignia badge (buzi) for...

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    Court insignia badge (buzi) for third-rank civil official

    1850–75

    Dimensions

    31.5 x 34 cm (12 3/8 x 13 3/8 in.)

    Medium

    Silk slit tapestry (kesi) with gold-metallic threads with ink and color

    Classification

    Costumes

    Accession Number

    78.27

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    Court insignia badge (buzi) of silk slit tapestry (kesi) worn by third-rank civil official with design of a peacock sitting on a rock amidst waves and surrounded by auspicious clouds and bats.

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  • Shallow bowl of irregular shape...

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    Shallow bowl of irregular shape with decoration of aquatic creatures

    1600

    Dimensions

    Overall: 5.5 x 16.4 cm (2 3/16 x 6 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Ceramic

    Classification

    Ceramics, Pottery

    Accession Number

    92.3875

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  • Plate, with rim turned up in two...

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    Plate, with rim turned up in two places

    1780

    Dimensions

    Legacy dimension: H. .035 D. .235

    Medium

    Clay

    Classification

    Ceramics, Pottery

    Accession Number

    92.3991

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  • Cup

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    Cup

    1830

    Dimensions

    Diameter: 10.2 cm (4 in.)

    Medium

    Pottery

    Classification

    Ceramics, Pottery

    Accession Number

    92.4426

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  • Brush rest

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    Brush rest

    1780

    Dimensions

    Overall: 12.7 cm (5 in.)

    Classification

    Ceramics, Pottery

    Accession Number

    92.5531

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  • Furnace for teapot

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    Furnace for teapot

    1850

    Dimensions

    Overall: 6 in. height

    Medium

    Pottery

    Classification

    Ceramics, Pottery

    Accession Number

    92.6298a-b

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  • Teapot

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    Teapot

    1825

    Dimensions

    Overall: 3 7/8 in. diameter

    Medium

    Ceramic, Kakiemon ware, stoneware

    Classification

    Ceramics, Pottery, Stoneware

    Accession Number

    92.6518a-b

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  • Tea jar

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    Jar, Thailand, Si Satchanalai kilns

    16th century

    Dimensions

    Height x diameter of mouth x diameter of foot: 6.6 x 2.8 x 3.4 cm (2 5/8 x 1 1/8 x 1 5/16 in.)

    Medium

    Pottery

    Classification

    Ceramics, Pottery

    Accession Number

    92.6990a-b

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  • Woman's shoe (gong xie) (one...

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    Woman's shoe (gong xie) (one of a pair)

    before 1893

    Dimensions

    Height x width: 1 3/4 x 5 1/2 in. (4.4 x 14 cm)

    Medium

    Silk satin weave embroidered with silk thread, cotton plain weave

    Classification

    Costumes

    Accession Number

    93.170

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    Red Shanghai style (multi-level heels) shoe with embroidered natural motifs that include green vines, blue and white flowers and a colorful butterfly at the front of the shoe. The heel is blue silk satin with floral embroidery similar to that seen on the upper. Both the sole and insole are white cotton plain weave.

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  • Woman's shoe (gong xie) (one...

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    Woman's shoe (gong xie) (one of pair)

    19th century

    Dimensions

    Overall: 5.1 x 10.2 cm (2 x 4 in.)

    Medium

    Silk satin embroidered with silk thread, cotton plain weave

    Classification

    Costumes

    Accession Number

    93.172

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    Red Shanghai style (multi-level heels) shoe with silk satin upper and embroidered natural motifs that include green vines, blue and white flowers and multi-colored butterflies. The heel is blue silk satin with floral embroidery similar to that seen on the upper. Sole is blue and white cotton plain-weave. Lined in pink cotton plain weave.

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  • Piece of brocade

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    Piece of brocade

    17th–early 18th century

    Dimensions

    Overall: 56 x 27.5 cm (22 1/16 x 10 13/16 in.)

    Medium

    Silk brocade

    Classification

    Textiles

    Accession Number

    93.886

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    Description

    The design shows Chinese influence. Heavy white silk ground on which is a design of a summer house, figure of a man, tables, and large flowers, woven with yellow, green, blue, violet, pink, red, and black silk. Much worn.

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  • Fan case

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    Fan case

    late 19th century

    Dimensions

    Overall: 43.8 x 6 x 2 cm (17 1/4 x 2 3/8 x 13/16 in.)

    Medium

    Silk, glass beads

    Classification

    Personal accessories

    Accession Number

    80.503

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    Fan case covered with a fine white silk gauze, embroidered with a design of trees, houses, birds, etc., in light and dark brown, white, blue, and light and dark green silk braid on which are strung two pink stones.

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  • Fragment of silk

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    Fragment of silk

    early 19th century

    Dimensions

    Height x width: 68.5 x 54 cm (26 15/16 x 21 1/4 in.)

    Medium

    Silk satin-weave with silk discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts

    Classification

    Textiles

    Accession Number

    93.1014

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    Fragment of blue silk satin with design of lotus arabesque and scattered Buddhist symbols in pink, orange, red, gold, tan, cream and light and dark green silk.

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  • Gift cover (fukusa)

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    Gift cover (fukusa)

    18th and 19th centuries

    Dimensions

    57 x 57 cm (22 7/16 x 22 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Silk slit tapestry (kesi), silk with gilt paper strip discontinuous supplementary patterning wefts tied down with supplementary warps in twill-weave

    Classification

    Textiles

    Accession Number

    93.1044

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    Gift cover (fukusa) with design in central panel of waves, dragons, bats and clouds in two shades of blue, green, white, red and pink silk slit tapestry (kesi); two outer panels with design of partial dragons and auspicious clouds in gilt paper strip supplementary patterning wefts on a blue silk ground; lined with light blue damask; light blue silk and gold tassels on two corners. Pieced from Chinese fabric from the 18th century, possibly from a Daoist priest's vestment.

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  • Textile

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    Textile

    Dimensions

    Height x width: 18 15/16 x 15 3/16 in. (48.1 x 38.5 cm)

    Medium

    Brocade

    Classification

    Textiles

    Accession Number

    93.1045

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  • Roundel from pao

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    Roundel from pao

    1860–70

    Dimensions

    Height x width: 12 5/16 x 12 1/2 in. (31.2 x 31.8 cm)

    Medium

    Silk tapestry weave (kesi)

    Classification

    Costumes

    Accession Number

    93.1046

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    Navy kesi with details in colored silk and paint

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  • Emperor's court robe (jifu)

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    Emperor's court robe (jifu)

    first quarter 19th century

    Dimensions

    148.7 x 210.4 cm (58 9/16 x 82 13/16 in.)

    Medium

    Silk tapestry weave (kesi)

    Classification

    Costumes

    Accession Number

    93.1086

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    Emperor's court robe (jifu) with horse-shoe cuffs in yellow silk tapestry (kesi) in polychrome silk and gold-wrapped thread with design of Twelve Symbols of Imperial Authority and mountain and wave pattern along the lower edge of robe; lined with light blue plain-weave silk.

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  • Buddhist monk's cape

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    Buddhist monk's cape

    1750–1800

    Dimensions

    Overall: 147 x 121.9 cm (57 7/8 x 48 in.)

    Medium

    Silk and gold metallic thread tapestry

    Classification

    Costumes

    Accession Number

    93.1087

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    Cape-like garment worn by a Buddhist monk; tapestry woven with polychrome silk and gold metallic thread; red ground with with dragons; rank badge at center back with five-clawed dragon; border at bottom with gold ground with water and waves; disassembled and stitched to fabric; b is back of cape, a is front

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  • Buddhist monk's cape

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    Buddhist monk's cape

    1750–1800

    Dimensions

    Length 147 cm (57 7/8 in.)

    Medium

    Silk and gold metallic thread tapestry

    Classification

    Costumes

    Accession Number

    93.1087b

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    Cape-like garment worn by a Buddhist monk; tapestry woven with polychrome silk and gold metallic thread; red ground with with dragons; rank badge at center back with five-clawed dragon; border at bottom with gold ground with water and waves; disassembled and stitched to fabric; b is back of cape, a is front

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  • Fragment of silk crepe embroidery

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    Fragment of silk crepe embroidery

    Dimensions

    Overall: 38.1 x 50.8 cm (15 x 20 in.)

    Medium

    Silk crepe embroidered with floss silk

    Classification

    Textiles

    Accession Number

    93.1124

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  • Fragment of silk satin embroidery

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    Fragment of silk satin embroidery

    third quarter 19th century

    Dimensions

    Overall: 36.8 x 46.4 cm (14 1/2 x 18 1/4 in.)

    Medium

    Silk satin embroidered with floss silks

    Classification

    Textiles

    Accession Number

    93.1125

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  • Bowl with celadon glaze and...

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    Bowl with celadon glaze and impressed designs of human figures

    16th century

    Dimensions

    Height: 9 cm (3 9/16in.; diameter: 15 cm (5 7/8in.)

    Medium

    Porcelaneous stoneware, Longquan ware

    Classification

    Ceramics

    Accession Number

    93.1459

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  • Fan

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    Fan

    1830s

    Dimensions

    Overall (folded): 20.3 x 2.2 x 2.9 cm (8 x 7/8 x 1 1/8 in.) Other (unfolded): 34.3 cm (13 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Carved ivory, metal

    Classification

    Costumes

    Accession Number

    89.479

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    Brisé fan with twenty-two carved ivory sticks; solid guard sticks, pierced inner sticks carved with small male figures, architural elements, and flowering foliage

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  • Pictorial carpet

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    Pictorial carpet

    about 1590–1600

    Dimensions

    243 x 155 cm (95 11/16 x 61 in.)

    Medium

    Cotton warp and weft with wool knotted pile

    Classification

    Textiles

    Accession Number

    93.1480

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    Warp, white cotton; weft pinkish brown cotton(?) apparently two threads between each row of knots. One hundred Persian (Sehna) knots to a square centimeter; pile, wool. The ground of the main field is of dark red. The design main field is dark red. The design of houses, men, real and imaginary, birds, and animals is of light tan, dark blue, greens, yellow, white and red. The ground of the main border is light neutral tan, on this is a design of palmettes filled with masks and separated filled with masks and separated by flowers and Chinese looking birds. The inner guard band has a floral design; the outer one has a reciprocal design.

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  • Large plate with dragon chasing...

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    Large plate with dragon chasing mani jewel

    14th century

    Dimensions

    Overall: 7.9 x 41.7 cm (3 1/8 x 16 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Porcelaneous stoneware, Longquan ware with celadon glaze and incised and applied decoration of a dragon

    Classification

    Ceramics, Pottery, Stoneware

    Accession Number

    92.2635

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  • Large plate with dragon chasing...

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    Large plate with dragon chasing mani jewel

    14th century

    Dimensions

    Overall: 7.9 x 41.7 cm (3 1/8 x 16 7/16 in.)

    Medium

    Porcelaneous stoneware, Longquan ware with celadon glaze and incised and applied decoration of a dragon

    Classification

    Ceramics, Pottery, Stoneware

    Accession Number

    92.2635

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  • Teapot

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    Teapot

    18th–19th century

    Dimensions

    Overall: 13.3 x 17.4cm (5 1/4 x 6 7/8in.)

    Medium

    Earthenware, Yixing ware

    Classification

    Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware

    Accession Number

    92.2699

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  • Drawstring purse

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    Drawstring purse

    1870–80

    Dimensions

    Height x width: (bag) 3 1/4 x 2 3/4 in. (8.3 x 7 cm) Tassles: 12"

    Medium

    Silk satin embroidered with silk

    Classification

    Costumes

    Accession Number

    92.2720

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    Pale yellow and black satin on which are embroidered designs of birds and flowers with pink, blue, gray, brown, yellow and green silk, and gold and silver thread.

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  • Drawstring purse

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    Drawstring purse

    1860–70

    Dimensions

    Height x width (includes handle/strings): 9 x 9 1/2 in. (22.9 x 24.1 cm)

    Medium

    Silk satin embroidered with silk and metallic yarn

    Classification

    Costumes

    Accession Number

    92.2722

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