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A circular glass snuff bottle with trees and horses on the surface in blue. On top is a lapis lazuli stopper.
Glass snuff bottle woth horse and trees
glass and lapis lazuli
2 9/16 in. x 1 15/16 in. x 13/16 in. ( 6.5 cm x 5 cm x 2.1 cm )
Gift of Mr. Robert W. Coggan
This vessel is formed from a hollowed calabash or gourd, the top of which has been carved to form a lid, decoratively patterned with brass tacks and studded by a handle at the center. Snake skin covers the rounded base of the calabash conferring a coarse texture. Several holes have been drilled around the top perimeter of the base from which metal rings holding iron clappers or bells dangle. An array of man-made, animal, and vegetal objects are held inside the vessel, namely, small, wooden anthropomorphic figurines carved with a minimum of physiognomic detail, bird claws, feathers, wings, split cane, and dried seeds. 
Southwestern Songye (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Calabash (kileu)
bird claws, feathers and wings, metal, gourd, snakeskin, split cane, dried seeds, and wood
5 ⅞ in x 7 ½ in x 7 ½ in (14.92 cm x 19.05 cm x 19.05 cm);5 ⅞ in x 7 ½ in x 7 ½ in (14.92 cm x 19.05 cm x 19.05 cm)
Gift of Candis and Helmut Stern
Matsumoto Tetsuzan
Incense Container
underglaze blue and white on porcelain
1 15/16 in. x 1 7/8 in. x 1 7/8 in. ( 5 cm x 4.8 cm x 4.8 cm )
Metal enamelled snuff bottle decorated with the character "Shou" [Longevity]
metal with enamel decoration
2 1/8 in. x 1 5/8 in. x 5/16 in. ( 5.4 cm x 4.1 cm x 0.8 cm )
Gift of Mr. Robert W. Coggan
A ceramic incense box in beige and reddish orange color. Shaped like a closed flower bud with smaller leaves covering it.
Harada Shūroku
Leaf Shaped Incense Burner
unglazed stoneware
2 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 3 13/16 in. (6.35 x 6.35 x 9.53 cm)
Gift of the Estate of Anne L. McGrew
Blue and white square incense burner with a painting of a dragon, clouds, waves, and an inscription.
Blue-and-white square incense burner
porcelain with blue underglaze painting
5 1/16 in. x 8 1/4 in. x 4 9/16 in. ( 12.8 cm x 21 cm x 11.6 cm )
Museum purchase made possible by the Margaret Watson Parker Art Collection Fund
Hollowed cone-shaped vessel with a thinly tapered, extended tip. Vessel is designed with various geometric shapes including repetitive diamond and square patterns.
12 5/16 in x 3 9/16 in (31.27 cm x 9.05 cm)
Museum Purchase made possible by the Friends of the Museum of Art
Blue and white snuff bottle with painted mountain landscape scene with a house, trees, hills and mountains. It has green tinted ivory collar and a coral stopper.
Snuff bottle with painted mountain landscape scene
porcelain with blue underglaze painting; coral and ivory stopper
2 5/8 in. x 13/16 in. x 7/8 in. ( 6.7 cm x 2.1 cm x 2.2 cm )
Gift of Mr. Robert W. Coggan
Laquered Chest with Drawers for Incense (ko-dansu)
black lacquer and mother of pearl inlay on wood
5 7/8 in. x 5 7/16 in. x 8 1/4 in. ( 15 cm x 13.8 cm x 20.9 cm )
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design
This white porcelain incense burner, featuring an openwork design on the body, is made of fine clay with high-iron content, which has tinged the surface with dark gray. The glaze has been removed from the part covered by the lid, exposing the red body. The foot is entirely glazed; sand spurs were supported in some parts of the foot rim during firing. Cracks formed in the foot and the base during firing. This object has a larger belly and narrower foot than typical traditional white porcelain incense burners.<br />
[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2014) p.202]
Incense burner with openwork design
porcelain with celadon glaze
5 1/8 x 5 3/8 x 5 3/8 in. (13 x 13.5 x 13.5 cm)
Gift of Bruce and Inta Hasenkamp and Museum purchase made possible by Elder and Mrs. Sang-Yong Nam
Medicine Bottle
silver and cloisonné enamel
1 11/16 in. x 2 3/8 in. x 1/4 in. ( 4.3 cm x 6 cm x 0.7 cm )
Gift of Marybelle B. Hanna
A blue and white snuff bottle in the shape of a vase with a long neck. It is stylized with floral patterns and has a brass collar and coral stopper.
Snuff bottle in the shape of a vase, with stylized floral patterns
porcelain with blue underglaze painting; coral and brass stopper
4 5/8 in. x 1 3/8 in. x 1 3/8 in. ( 11.7 cm x 3.5 cm x 3.5 cm )
Gift of Mr. Robert W. Coggan


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128 Collection Object Sources

Calabash (kileu) (2005/1.231)
Incense Container (TC2006.6.1A&B)
Clyster (1984/2.27)
Medicine Bottle (2001/1.362)
Incense burner (1997/1.214)
Incense Burner (1997/1.247)
Relax (2012/1.222)
Prestige Pipe (1985/1.150)
Motherwort (1940.88)
Poppylove (2012/1.233)
Rose - Top View (2013/2.16)
Food Paddle (1986/2.6)
Gentians (1940.103)
Container (2000/2.35)
Container (2000/2.34)
Container (2000/2.36)
Container (2000/2.32)
Container (2000/2.37)
Jar (1980/2.159)
Mortar (2005/1.205)
Pipe Bowl (2000/2.30)
Pipe (2000/2.28)
Pipe (2000/2.29)
Pipe (2000/2.31)
Faceted bottle (1961/1.182)
Incense Burner (1993/1.108)
Incense Container (TC2006.6.2A&B)
Covered Tripod Vessel (1993/1.58.1-2)
Vase (2000/1.25)
Stopper (1984/2.40)
Female Figure (2005/1.196.1)
Male Figure (2005/1.196.2)
Power Figure (2005/1.182)
Teabowl (1964/2.77)
Teabowl (1983/1.444)
Bowl (1973/2.14)
Teabowl (1983/1.119)
Teabowl (1983/1.122)
Power Figure (2005/1.229)

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