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Chinese (Chinese (culture or style))
Bi disk
9794 BCE – 220 CE
Museum purchase from the collection of Max Loehr
1960/2.96
Porcelain wine bottle with ten cobalt pigment depicting Chinese Daoist ten symbols of longevity&mdash;sun, cloud, mountain, rock, water, crane, deer, turtle, pine tree, and the mushroom of eternal youth. A blue band rings the foot of the bottle, as well as just below the main register of the body. The ten symbols of longevity design stretches around the bulbous body above, tapering off as the body begins to taper into the tubular neck, culminating in a slightly flared rim.<br />
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This bottle was produced in Bunwon-ri, Gwangju-si, Gyeonggi-do. It is decorated on the entire surface with ten longevity symbols, including deer, pine trees, and cranes, rendered in underglaze cobalt blue. Ten longevity symbols were frequently chosen to decorate the stationery, bottles, and jars produced in the late 19th century at kilns in Bunwon-ri. This is a high-quality white porcelain bottle, with well sintered clay and glaze and outstanding cobalt blue colouring.<br />
[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum
Korean (Korean (culture or style))
Wine bottle with Ten Symbols of Longevity design
19th century
Gift of Bruce and Inta Hasenkamp and Museum purchase made possible by Elder and Mrs. Sang-Yong Nam
2004/1.281
Iron staff with 3 sets of 4 bells along the length, with two leaf-like protrusions near the middle. At the top are 7 birds in a circle surmounted by one large bird.
Yoruba (Yoruba (culture or style))
Diviner's Staff
1901 – 1999
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
2005/1.238
Elaborately carved staff with, from the top: a male figure wearing Western-style clothes, with painted eyes, eyebrows, mouth, moustache, hat and clothes, sitting on a simple stool, resting his hands on his knees; a U-shaped snake on one side and a mortar on the other; a pair of a male and a female figure on either side (the male is standing on one leg, bending the other at the knee to make a triangle); a dark black spherical form; a row of three turtles on one side and two salamanders and a frog on the other; and finally three outstretched snakes (painted yellow, brown and red, respectively), one of them eating a small frog.
Kongo (Kongo (culture or style))
Staff
1900 – 1950
Gift of Margaret H. and Albert J. Coudron
2001/2.42
This wooden staff has pieces of cloth wrapped on both extensions. One end depicts an abstract anthropomorphic face, while the other appears to function as a handle and is embellished with two strings of black and white beads and a loop of blue and white beads.
Kongo (Kongo (culture or style))
Staff
1900 – 1950
Gift of Margaret H. and Albert J. Coudron
2001/2.73
An apron made from multi-colored beadwork, primarily red, white, green, blue, and pink beads in a diamond pattern. The bottom edge of the apron is decorated with a fringe of cowrie shells. 
Beaded Apron
1890 – 1920
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis
2000/2.24
A brass bracelet with a design of central concentric circles edged by triangles. On each side are incised horizontal grooves. Much of the design on the bracelet has worn away. 
Bracelet
1890 – 1920
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis
2000/2.45
A large brass bracelet with a central spiral surrounded by small raised circles. The rest of the bracelet is decorated with alternating rows of straight and diagonal lines. There is a small piece broken off near the top right side. 
Bracelet
1890 – 1920
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis
2000/2.46
A brass bracelet in the shape of a flattened double cone. There is no decoration on the bracelet, but much of the surface is scratched. 
Bracelet
1890 – 1920
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis
2000/2.48
Apron in the form of fiber fringe attached to a woven loop at the top. Over the fiber is rectangular red and white beadwork with a pattern of triangles and small dots. 
Apron
1890 – 1920
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis
2000/2.49
An apron in the form of a triangular piece of leather with geometric designs. The bottom of the leather is decorated with two rows of beads. At the top of the apron is a leather fringe with blue beads and two coins. 
Apron
1940 – 1999
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis
2000/2.54
Cache-sexe in the form of a triangular piece of corrugated metal attached to a thin band across the top. Tied to the band with string is a thick fiber belt. 
Apron
1890 – 1920
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis
2000/2.57
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