Flames

This small, flat metal piece has a quartrefoil shape. Two holes in the middle. Flame-like incision all over the piece. Silver is applied around the center hole.
Artist Unknown, Nabeshima ware, Japan
Tsuba (sword guard) with incised flame design
Shakudô (copper-gold alloy)
2 15/16 in. x 2 11/16 in. ( 7.4 cm x 6.9 cm )
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
Indian
Virabhadra
1600 – 1799
bronze |
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leo S. Figiel and Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Figiel.
1977/2.45
Chinese
Female Buddhist Deity?
wall painting (fragment): ink and color on plaster
62 1/2 in. x 41 in. ( 158.8 cm x 104.1 cm )
In honor of Max Loehr, given by his friends Arthur and Mary Wright
A tall porcelain vase with an ovoid lower body, a tall narrow neck, and a dish shaped mouth on a footring. The neck has several applied figures of molded immortals and sculpted cosmological creatures, including cranes, clouds, deer, and a dragon chasing a protruding flaming pearl. It is topped with a cone shaped lid with wide flange, topped with a crane-shaped finial. There are four loop lugs on both the lid and around the mouth. It is covered in a white glaze with a bluish green tinge. This jar is one of a pair with <em>1993/1.81.</em>
Chinese
Covered Jar
stoneware with glaze
34 in x 7 13/16 in x 7 3/16 in (86.36 cm x 19.84 cm x 18.26 cm)
Gift of Domino's Pizza, Inc.
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
Chinese
Standing Buddha (or possibly Maitreya) in abhaya mudra, with flask in left hand
bronze
2 5/8 in. x 1 9/16 in. x 11/16 in. ( 6.6 cm x 4 cm x 1.8 cm )
Gift of Mrs. Caroline I. Plumer for the James Marshall Plumer Collection
Chinese
Buddha, seated, from Tongguan, with mandorla
bronze
2 5/16 in. x 1 7/16 in. x 5/16 in. ( 5.9 cm x 3.7 cm x 0.8 cm )
Gift of Mrs. Caroline I. Plumer for the James Marshall Plumer Collection
Chinese
Bodhisattva, attendant figure from a larger Buddha shrine
gilt bronze
3 15/16 in. x 1 1/4 in. x 1 1/8 in. ( 10 cm x 3.2 cm x 2.8 cm )
Museum purchase for the James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection
Mañjusri, the Bodhisattva of Wisdom, standing with two celestial attendants.  This representation of Manjushri includes six arms, one of which holds a sword, while a narrow book (modeled after books made from palm leaves) lays across his upper hand.  Manjushri is wearing an ornamented crown and necklace, and is encircled by a halo of flames.
Indian
Six-armed Bodhisattva Mañjusri, standing, with two celestial attendants
bronze
9 7/16 in x 12 3/16 in x 3 9/16 in (24 cm x 31 cm x 9 cm);9 7/16 in x 12 3/16 in x 3 9/16 in (24 cm x 31 cm x 9 cm)
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leo S. Figiel and Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Figiel
Vishnu stands with his legs apart holding his four attributes in his hands.  Reading in clockwise direction from his right front hand he holds:  his club, discus, conch and lotus, here a rather flat object cupped in his palm.  His back two arms are extremely short. The figure is encircled with a decorated arch with a line of beads and triangular shaped openings around them.  A stylized sun and moon are to either side of Vishnu’s head.  He wears a variety of simple, lumpy jewelry at his feet are a horse to his right and a bull or cow to his left and between them are three rings lying flat on the base.  At the front of the base are seven stylized horses, identifying this as a combination figure: Vishnu and the sun god Surya, whose chariot is pulled by seven horses.<br />
Indian
Four-armed Vishnu
bronze
6 1/4 in x 4 1/8 in x 3 3/8 in (15.8 cm x 10.5 cm x 8.5 cm);6 1/4 in x 4 1/8 in x 3 3/8 in (15.8 cm x 10.5 cm x 8.5 cm)
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leo S. Figiel and Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Figiel.
A bas-relief carving made of bone and in the shape of a lotus petal, depicting Pehar, a guardian of the Tibetan Buddhist faith, in wrathful form. At the base of the "petal" are the tops of mountains, with the waves of the sea visible between them; in the rounded part of the "petal,"  a border of flames encircles a dynamic image of Pehar, his garments flowing in the wind as he rides on a snow lion. The background behind Pehar is incised with closely spaced wavy lines, again suggesting flames.

Dorje Legpa Votive Plaque
bone
11 13/16 in. x 6 5/8 in. x 3 7/16 in. ( 30 cm x 16.8 cm x 8.8 cm )
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
Shiva dances upon the back of a dwarf figure crouching on his stomach.  This pose is not as typical as some of his other dancing postures.  He dances on one leg extended straight down with the other straight up almost making a straight line.  His torso and head are thrown back.  He only has two hands, one holding a drum at his knee and the other a khatvanga, a club made of a bone with a skull at the top.  He wears jewelry including a belt with pendent loops and tassels, necklaces including a heavy long necklace, armlets and bracelets and an elaborate crown organized with a number of peaks. On his forehead we find the third eye, another identifier of the god Shiva. A dense circular background consisting of three inner rows of round elements, the middle one may be composed of skulls, and an outer row of flame-like elements surrounds the whole figure, animating the image into a whirl of the dance.  The whole sits on a circular base, plain with a flanged bottom section decorated with a lotus petal motif.  <br />
Nepali
Shiva dancing
bronze or copper alloy
4 5/16 in. x 3 1/8 in. x 2 in. ( 11 cm x 8 cm x 5.1 cm )
Gift of the Estate of Thakur Rup Chand

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