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Supernatural in Chinese Art

An earthenware figure of a zoomorphic form consisting of a lion-like body with strong hoofed feet, wings, horns, and a dragon-like face bearing teeth in its open mouth. It is seated on a rock-like base, and covered in amber, green, and cream runny glazes. One of a pair with 2004/2.132.2.
Chinese
Tomb Guardian
glaze on earthenware
27 9/16 in x 9 1/2 in x 2 3/16 in (70.01 cm x 24.13 cm x 5.56 cm)
Gift of Jiu-Hwa Lo Upshur in memory of Mrs. Wei-Djen D. Lo
An earthenware figure of an anthropomorphic form consisting of a lion-like body with strong hoofed feet, wings, and a human face with central flame-like horns and large, furry and pointed ears. It is seated on a rock-like base, and except for the head it is covered in amber, green, and cream runny glazes. One of a pair with 2004/2.132.1.
Chinese
Tomb Guardian
glaze and mineral pigment on earthenware
28 9/16 in x 9 5/16 in x 11 5/16 in (72.55 cm x 23.65 cm x 28.73 cm)
Gift of Jiu-Hwa Lo Upshur in memory of Mrs. Wei-Djen D. Lo
Chinese
Winged beast (mythical animal): support for post
bronze
3 7/8 in. x 2 15/16 in. x 8 1/16 in. ( 9.9 cm x 7.4 cm x 20.5 cm )
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
This is a woodblock print on paper. There is a center figure with a blue face and is wearing a colorul robe with cloud motifs. He is holding a sword and is surrounded by five smaller figures. 
Chinese
Zhong Kui (the demon queller) with five demons
woodblock print on paper
21 5/8 in. x 16 9/16 in. ( 55 cm x 42 cm )
Gift of Harold W. Stevenson, University of Michigan Professor Emeritus in Psychology
Chinese
Heavenly Official Confers Success in Three Levels: Examinations, Happiness and Logevity (Pair with 1980/2.213)
woodblock print on paper
18 1/16 in x 12 1/16 in (45.9 cm x 30.7 cm);18 1/16 in x 12 1/16 in (45.9 cm x 30.7 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Caroline I. Plumer for the James Marshall Plumer Collection
Chinese
The God of Wealth Who Adds to Happiness and Multiplies Treasure
woodblock print on paper
15 3/8 in x 14 in (39 cm x 35.5 cm);16 7/16 in x 14 7/16 in (41.7 cm x 36.7 cm);15 3/8 in x 14 in (39 cm x 35.5 cm)
Gift of Willard A. and Marybelle B. Hanna
A large stoneware jar with a slightly tapered body, wide shoulders and a wide flaring mouth.  There are smaller jars stacked on top, getting progressively smaller, topped with a hipped roof mimicking contemporary architectural features and additional architectural features such as towers around the mouth and a plethora of assorted figures, birds, and cosmological animals applied around the top half of the vessel.  It is covered in a grey-green celadon glaze. 
Chinese
Funerary Jar
stoneware with glaze
16 1/16 in x 9 5/16 in x 8 11/16 in (40.8 cm x 23.65 cm x 22.07 cm);x 27 1/2 in x 69.85 cm;16 1/16 in x 9 5/16 in x 8 11/16 in (40.8 cm x 23.65 cm x 22.07 cm)
Museum purchase made possible by a gift from William and Martha Steen
Limestone slab carved bas-relief with six registers. The lower register depicts a chariot procession above fish-inhabited waters. The central three registers depict figures carrying out funerary rites. The top register shows a winged creature with a human face flanked by two writhing dragons and other animals, including two rabbits and a nine-tailed fox.
Chinese
Journey of the Soul to the Paradise of the Queen Mother of the West
carved limestone slab
33 in x 34 in x 7 1/2 in (83.82 cm x 86.36 cm x 19.05 cm);33 in x 34 in x 7 1/2 in (83.8 cm x 86.3 cm x 19 cm)
Museum purchase made possible by the Friends of the Museum of Art and the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund, in honor of Senior Curator Marshall Wu on his retirement
Chinese
Yao Ritual Scroll
hanging scroll, ink and color on cotton
47 1/4 in. x 19 11/16 in. ( 120 cm x 50 cm )
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Karl Bass of Kabaco Tools, Inc.
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
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

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