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Brightwell - ASIAN 314: Strange Ways [China]

A red earthenware standing figure of Tianwang—Heavenly King, a Buddhist deity—wearing Tang dynasty styled armor including a helmet with flowing ribbons, elbow-length gauntlets, a cuirass with plaques, and taces, knee length greaves, and boots. The figure is standing on a rock-styled base, unglazed with traces of mineral pigment. 
Chinese
Tianwang
earthenware with mineral pigment
4 1/4 in x 2 1/8 in (10.8 cm x 5.4 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Caroline I. Plumer for the James Marshall Plumer Collection
Chinese
Guardian King (Possibly To-wen, Guardian of the North)
wood with traces of polychrome decoration
35 3/4 in. x 16 in. x 9 in. ( 90.81 cm x 40.64 cm x 22.86 cm )
Museum purchase for the James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection
A painting in ink, mineral pigments, and gold on paper. The painting would have originally been framed in concentric strips of silk, but the silk has been trimmed and the painting placed in a Western-style frame.
Tibetan
Portrait of an Rölpai Dorje (1717–1786), Lama of the Seal
ink, mineral pigments, and gold on paper
18 5/8 x 13 5/16 in. (47.3 x 33.8 cm);28 13/16 x 20 13/16 in. (73.03 x 52.71 cm)
Gift of Marybelle B. Hanna
Chinese
Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (Chinese, Guanyin) as a goddess
Blanc de Chine glaze on poreclain
16 1/8 in. x 4 1/2 in. x 4 5/16 in. ( 41 cm x 11.5 cm x 11 cm )
Gift of Alan and Eleanor Singer
Hou Mougong
The Lofty and Untrammeled Hermit, in the style of Wang Meng
hanging scroll, ink and color on paper
36 in. x 18 1/2 in. ( 91.4 cm x 47 cm )
Museum Purchase
Chinese
Mirror, Dragon and Tiger type
bronze with silver and gray patina
3/16 in. x 4 in. x 4 in. ( 0.4 cm x 10.2 cm x 10.2 cm )
Museum purchase for the James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection
Chinese
Taoist Attendant
wood, red lacquer and gold
12 3/8 in. x 4 1/16 in. x 2 15/16 in. ( 31.4 cm x 10.3 cm x 7.4 cm )
Gift from the collection of George and Eloise Frisinger
A tall chicken fat yellow bowl with green dragon design on a footing.
Chinese
Chicken Fat Yellow Bowl with Green Dragon Design
porcelain with "chicken fat yellow" glaze and overglaze green enamel painting
2 1/8 in. x 3 15/16 in. x 3 15/16 in. ( 5.4 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm )
Gift of Willard A. and Marybelle Bouchard Hanna
Plaque in the form of a snarling lion's face holding a double-edged "severn star" (here only three of the seven stars are depicted as large dots connected by lines) sword in its mouth and ornamented with a red octagon containing the characters for "daqi" surrounded by eight trigrams on its forehead.
Taiwanese
Protective Amulet
polychrome on wood
8 3/8 in. x 8 9/16 in. x 1/2 in. ( 21.2 cm x 21.8 cm x 1.2 cm )
Gift of Ellen and Richard Laing
Woodblock print with red floral design framing an inner square that contains six characters in the top and lower right, center, and left corners and a large character ("longevity") in the middle with an image of two coins suspended from the wings of a stylized bat in the lower center. Swath of orange paint and imitation gold foil in the middle.
Taiwanese
Longevity spirit money from Taiwan
orange paint, imitation gold foil, and red ink on paper
6 5/16 in. x 5 1/2 in. ( 16 cm x 14 cm )
Gift of Ellen Johnston Laing
Chinese
Paired cuffbands: Gold bird, lion, and dragon on dark blue silk
blue embroidered silk
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Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert W. Johe
Chinese
Paired cuffbands: Gold bird, lion, and dragon on dark blue silk
blue embroidered silk
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Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert W. Johe

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