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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
800 – 906
mineral pigment, earthenware
Gift of Mrs. Caroline I. Plumer for the James Marshall Plumer Collection
1964/2.22
Chinese
Guardian King (Possibly To-wen, Guardian of the North)
1368 – 1644
wood with traces of polychrome decoration
Museum purchase for the James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection
1964/2.83
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
1736 – 1795
ink, mineral pigments, and gold | paper
Gift of Marybelle B. Hanna

2001/1.353
Chinese
Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (Chinese, Guanyin) as a goddess
1850 – 1900
Blanc de Chine glaze | poreclain
Gift of Alan and Eleanor Singer
1995/1.78
Hou Mougong (Hou Mou-kung)
The Lofty and Untrammeled Hermit, in the style of Wang Meng
1600 – 1620
ink and color | paper
Museum Purchase
1959/2.83
Chinese
Mirror, Dragon and Tiger type
9794 BCE – 220 CE
bronze with silver and gray patina
Museum purchase for the James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection
1961/2.69
Chinese
Taoist Attendant
17th century
wood, red lacquer and gold
Gift from the collection of George and Eloise Frisinger
1991/2.54
Chinese
Chicken Fat Yellow Bowl with Green Dragon Design
1875 – 1908
chicken fat yellow glaze and overglaze green enamel painting | porcelain
Gift of Willard A. and Marybelle Bouchard Hanna
1991/2.19
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
20th century
polychrome | wood
Gift of Ellen and Richard Laing
2006/2.44
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
20th century
orange paint, imitation gold foil, and red ink | paper
Gift of Ellen Johnston Laing
2008/1.171
Chinese
Paired cuffbands: Gold bird, lion, and dragon on dark blue silk
19th century
blue embroidered silk
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert W. Johe
1989/2.46.1
Chinese
Paired cuffbands: Gold bird, lion, and dragon on dark blue silk
19th century
blue embroidered silk
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert W. Johe
1989/2.46.2

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