13 UMMA Objects
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Seen at a distance are several sailing ships at dock along a riverside embankment. Row houses can be seen beyond and in the distance, at the left, is a wooden bridge and and a cluster of trees.
James Abbott McNeill Whistler (American (North American))
Lindsey Houses
1876 – 1877
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker
A truck hauling sugarcane stops in front of a factory with a row of palm trees in front of it.
Dmitri Baltermants (Russian (culture or style))
Sugar Cane Factory, Cuba
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James Agah, Class of 1989 (BBA)
Black crepe silk with origame crane designs hand-painted by paste-resist yûzen techinique, in colors and gold pigment.  Lining is pink silk damask with woven pattern of truncated floral medallions.  Double oak leaf crest (kashiwa) is embroidered with bokashi-dyed blue and white thread.
Japanese (Japanese (culture or style))
Black crested haori with yûzen painted origami crane design
1940 – 1960
Gift of Howard and Patricia Yamaguchi
Paper mounted on aqua silk. There are two figures present, and a large crane (bird). The central figure, Zhang Tiangi, has his arms uplifted, while a less important figure is depicted with his back to the viewer and is slightly hunched over. There is a crane with a red crown behind these two figures. The colors are muted. There is calligraphy in the upper left hand corner of the painting, complete with two red seals.
Huang Shen
Figures from Chinese History: The Taoist Luo Gongyuan
1687 – 1766
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
This photograph depicts a view of the construction site of a large building. There are piles of materials, two towering cranes and a view of other buildings in the background.
Garry Winogrand (American (North American))
Gift of Stanley T. Lesser, A.B. 1951, J.D. 1953
Purple silk damask (rinzu) in T-paper pattern (sayagata), bokashi dyed so that the shoulders are a darker purple than the lower half of the haori.  Woven designs of phoenixes, paulownia, cranes, chysanthemums, etc., incorporate metallic threads.  Lining is orange and white silk.  There are purple and white kumihimo (a kind of cord) with tassels.
Japanese (Japanese (culture or style))
Purple haori with supplementary weft brocade woven bird-and-flowers designs
Gift of Howard and Patricia Yamaguchi
A scholar sits in a relaxed posture at his desk looking at cut plum blossoms in a white vase; before him is an empty sheet of paper and ink stone, and by his side an attendant is boiling water for tea. A crane tucks her head and leg to keep herself warm in the cold winter air. The scholar seems to be contemplating a subject to be drawn or written, perhaps related to the flowers.
Gai Qi
Scholar's Winter Retreat
1815 – 1825
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
This six-fold screen, a half of a pair, is meant to represent six of the twelve months of the year, with keen attention paid to the birds and flowers associated with each. Although this screen bears Kano Tan’yu’s signature, it was probably created by his studio or by followers working in this famous artist’s style.
One of a pair of six-fold screens
19th century
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
These panels represent six of the twelve months. The panels each have calligraphy and a red seal in one corner. In each panel there is a bird and a type of plant, which are suggestive of particular months. On the top left panel there is bamboo, the bow of the boat with a small lamp attached to it, and a type of water fowl. In the bottom middle panel is a blooming sakura tree and a pheasant. In the bottom left panel is blue and white wisteria ans small sparrows. In the bottom right panel there is a willow slowly coming back to life after winter over a thatched building.
One of a pair of six-fold screens
19th century
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
This work is an abstrated depiction of four cranes and a person.
Kawano Kaoru
Untitled [Four cranes and a person]
1933 – 1966
Bequest of Alva Gordon Sink
This is a photograph of the mid-late 1930s construction of the Rockefeller Center AP Building in Manhattan.
Paul J. Woolf (American (North American))
Rockefeller Center—Construction of the AP Building
Gift of The Morris and Beverly Baker Foundation, in memory of Morris D. Baker, a graduate of The University of Michigan School of Architecture, 1952
Text: OUT COUNTRY NEEDS SHIPS to carry our boys "Over There" and keep them well supplied with Food, Clothing and the Munitions of War. The product made in this plant is used for building shops. The shops can be completed only as fast as the material and equipment for each ship arrives at the shipyard. If every man does a better day's work every day, the ships can be built faster. BE TRUE TO THE BOYS WHO ARE GIVING THEIR LIVES FOR YOU - United States Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corporation - Issued by Publications Section, Philadelphia
Herbert Meyer
Our Country Needs Ships
1912 – 1922
Gift of Mr. Maurice F. Lyons