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It is a knife made of silver. The sword blade was made of steel. Floral design was printed on the knob and Deer and bamboo was printed on the cover.<br />
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This small knife is worn by a man. The handle and sheath are decorated with ten symbols of longevity against ring-punched background. The other side features engravings of plantains and lotus buds. Plantain symbolizes resuscitation from death and is one of the Eight Treasures of Taoism. The lotus flower symbolizes purity and the law of cause and effect as it emerges from mud (dirt) and bears seeds.
<p>[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2017) p. 285]</p>
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Korean (Korean (culture or style))
Ladies Knife
19th century
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
1985/2.48
Tall color print of Hommon Temple. A bright blue sky characterizes the top portion of the image, getting darker in the lower registers. The spire of the red temple stretches up into the sky.
Kawase Hasui
Pagoda of Hommon Temple, Ikegami
1928
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
1982/1.202
The Buddha in bhumisparsa mudra (the gesture of touching the earth with his right hand, palm inward), signaling his victory over Mara. He is shown under three leaves, indicating the bodhi tree under which he sat while meditating before reaching an awakening. He is shown flanked by two stupas, or reliquary monuments, symbolizing his attainment of nirvana.<br />
Indian (Indian (South Asian))
Buddha, seated under a canopy of 3 leaves on a double lotus dais in the padmasana pose, in bhumisparsa mudra, flanked by two stupas
11th century
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
1983/1.396

Faceted bottle
1100 – 1299
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
1961/1.182

Iranian (Iranian)
Shallow bowl with stylized floral medallion
1000 – 1199
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
1961/1.183
The vibrant coloring of this deep bowl consists dark brown, muddy brown, yellow-green and ivory. The design is organized around an inscription which appears above the base far down on the side. Above the inscription running horizontally is a separate enclosed design which looks like arcaded doorways with a string with a ball on it cutting each arcade in half for a total of seven. Opposite this is a series of four and one-half arcades in a vertical direction. Between these two areas there is a design repeated on opposite sides of the bowl with floral circular motifs on each side of a large, abstracted pear-shape form. The circles are brown and yellow-green and the pear form is orange and brown. Beneath each circle is a 'base' narrowing towards the center and directing the eye to the base. The base is covered with a shield-like design of orange and brown. The ivory background is not filled in but certain lines have been incised to add greater interest.  <br />
 
Iranian (Iranian)
Deep bowl with vegetal and calligraphic designs
10th century
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
1961/1.185
The circular, smaller white porcelain plate has a design of gourds, flowers, vines and leaves around the rim. The gourds are outlined with blue underglaze and colored with yellow overglaze. Blue underglaze and transparent green overglaze are used for the leaves. The flowers and vines are drawn with red. The red enamel is worn off from some of the tendrils, a characteristic of 18th century Nabeshima. The reverse side has four clustered jewel or treasure motifs with four bows and streamers repeated three times. On the shallow foot, bold lines are drawn in a row like a comb. The design on the back is all drawn with blue underglaze. (Referencce: Becker, Sister Johanna. “A Group of Nabeshima Porcelain.")
Artist Unknown, Nabeshima ware, Japan
Plate with gourd and vine design (one of five with 1964/1.100 and 102-104)
1700 – 1732
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
1964/1.101
Autumn flowers are painted in colored lacquer on plates of gold leaf. The quiet, natural plant motifs stand out against the glittering square of gold.
Shibata Zeshin
Plate with Floral Design, one of five
1879 – 1890
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
1968/2.56
Autumn flowers are painted in colored lacquer on plates of gold leaf. The quiet, natural plant motifs stand out against the glittering square of gold.
Shibata Zeshin
Plate with Floral Design, one of five
1879 – 1890
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
1968/2.60

Chinese (Chinese (culture or style))
Stele from Madame Wang's Tomb: 20th century rubbing of a Sui Dynasty tomb slab
20th century
Museum Purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
1991/1.121
This piece depicts boats decorated with lanterns, the evening sky and festivities.  The shore is lined with teahouses set up for the event. The title for the print is located in the upper right corner in a red box.
Andō Hiroshige (Japanese (culture or style))
Famous Views of the 60-odd Provinces: #9 The Tennô Festival at Tsushima in Owari Province
1853 – 1856
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
1960/2.144

Ohara Shōson (Koson)
White egret in rain
1935
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
1982/1.205
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