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    • Sash (obi) with drums and flutes

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    • White satin silk damask fukuro obi designed with embroidery of black, gold, green, shades of orange-red, and silver threads depicting hand drums and flutes with flowers and flowing long cord tassels on dyed orange oval circle. Thunder pattern...
    • Bowl with lid decorated with figures

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    • This small bowl and lid belong to a group of enamelled porcelain wares known as famille verte because of the predominance of varied greens in their color palette. The faces and hands are precisely outlined in red. In additon to green and red,...
    • Bronze figurine of seated deity

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    • A seated deity with beard. This probably depicts the Chinese deity Huan-tien Shang-ti, the Supreme Lord of the Dark Heaven. He rules over water and the northern quarter of the sky and is believed to drive away evil spirits. Huan-tien Shang-ti is...
    • Han Dynasty watch tower

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    • Earthenware with copper lead glaze made of three well modeled sections that form a watch tower, rising from the middle of a circular, walled moat with standing and sitting geese in the moat and perched at the edge of the wide flat rim. The first...
    • Figure of Palden Lhamo

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    • Palden Lhamo in bronze and covered in gilt, astride a mule. In Buddhism, Lhamo is one of the Dharmapalas (wrathful deities and protectors of the faith) and the only female of the ""Eight Guardians of the Law."" She is considered to be a special...
    • Memorial tablet on tortoise

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    • Bronze rectangular tablet rising from a base shaped like a tortoise. According to the Book of Rites, the tortoise, the Black Warrior of the North, is the symbol of longevity and is associated with Pan Gu, the initial Cosmic creative force. Steles...
    • Fan-shaped ivory carving

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    • Ivory fan-shaped relief carving of Shaivite figures and followers on one-half and Vishuites on other half. On modern wood stand. Similar pieces are sometimes seen on Hindu palace or temple doors.
    • Ovoid glazed jar

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    • Heavy jar decorated with rich bright colors. The decoration is depicting Zhusheng Niangniang, Goddess of Fecundity, a woman holding a child riding on a 'qilin' with attendants. This subject matter is seen as decoration on objects in a nuptial...
    • Mouth Organ (Khene)

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    • Khene (Khen) - (Laos, or Lusheng (Miao). A mouth organ that can come in three sizes, the largest has 10' long pipes. It is made of six, fourteen, or sixteen bamboo pipes laced together with natural twine and held firm by a bar of soft wood or of...
    • Mouth Organ (Khene)

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    • Khene (Khen) - (Laos, or Lusheng (Miao). A mouth organ that can come in three sizes, the largest has 10' long pipes. It is made of six, fourteen, or sixteen bamboo pipes laced together with natural twine and held firm by a bar of soft wood or of...
    • Clasp (Netsuke) carved in the likeness of Eka

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    • Carved ivory netsuke of Eka sitting on a rock. Eka is depicted with only one arm as he cut off his forearm to show Daruma his deep desire to become a disciple. Darume brought Chan Buddhism (in Japanese it is called zen) to China and Japan from...
    • Print: Playing the Card Game (Karuta)

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    • Color woodblock print from the series Chiyoda No Ooku Series (Court Ladies of the Chiyoda Palace). One triptych of 20 in the series. Artist's seal on print. Toyoharu Chikanobu, also known as Yoshu, was a painter of bijin (beautiful women) and a...
    • Print: A Noh Actor Receives his Mask

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    • Color woodblock print from the series Chiyoda No Ooku Series (Court Ladies of the Chiyoda Palace). One triptych of 20 in the series. Artist's seal on print. Toyoharu Chikanobu, also known as Yoshu, was a painter of bijin (beautiful women) and a...
    • Print: Playing Koto

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    • Color woodblock print from the series Chiyoda No Ooku Series (Court Ladies of the Chiyoda Palace). One triptych of 20 in the series. Artist's seal on print. Toyoharu Chikanobu, also known as Yoshu, was a painter of bijin (beautiful women) and a...
    • Print: Serving Spiced Rice Wine

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    • Color woodblock print from the series Chiyoda No Ooku Series (Court Ladies of the Chiyoda Palace). One triptych of 20 in the series. Artist's seal on print. Toyoharu Chikanobu, also known as Yoshu, was a painter of bijin (beautiful women) and a...
    • Sash (obi) with chrysanthemums

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    • Obi, also call maru obi. woven of crepe type texture silk designed with various chrysanthemums on the gold, orange and silver thread squares. The squares are laid on light warm beige ground. The chrysanthemum flowers are in orange red, white, gold...

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