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CC 1.5 - Miller - HISTART 294 - Arts of War

Indian
Equestrian Figure: armed village hero on horseback holding a shield in his left hand and a sword in his right hand
1600 – 1799
bronze
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leo S. Figiel
1976/2.69
Chinese
Skinning knife with animal head handle
9700 BCE
bronze
Gift of F. Karel Wiest
1981/2.70
This sword has an iron blade that is narrow toward the handle and gradually widens at the top, ending in a slight curve. Along the edge of the blade are small, half-circular knobs and near the top of the blade there are geometric cut-outs. The handle is formed by two spheres connected by a bar. At the bottom of the handle is a conical projection. The handle is covered in gold-leaf. 
Asante
Ceremonial sword (afena)
20th century
iron, wood, gold leaf
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis
1997/1.309
Carved ax handle is comprised of a kneeling male figure with rounded knob on top of his head, into which the narrow end of a triangular iron ax blade is embedded.
Yoruba
Ax for Ogun
1925 – 1975
wood, iron
Gift of Bert N. LaDu, Jr.
2006/2.73
A sword with a short cylindrical handle, wrapped with brass rings at the middle and end. The large, flat blade curves upward and is elaborately decorated with incised geometric patterns. 
Yoruba
Ceremonial Sword
20th century
brass, wood
Gift of Susan B. and John F. Ullrich
1998/1.64
A battle scene with a number of figures painted on different planes. Horses, elephants, swords, shields, guns, and an injured man populate the image. The scene is intense--a figure is shown as stepping on the body of the maimed fighter in the bottom-center of the image. The stances and gestures overall register movement and action.
Artist Unknown, India, Rajasthan, Jaipur School
Ragamala series: Nata Ragini 3 (Battle scene)
1745 – 1755
ink, opaque watercolor, and gold | paper
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leo S. Figiel and Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Figiel.
1975/2.158
This Persian miniature is attributed to the Shiraz and Timurid schools, ca. 1460. The painting is done in ink, opaque watercolor and gold leaf on paper. The scene, <em>Rustam Takes Prisoner the Khan of China</em>, is part of the Shahnama of Firdausi, the Persian book of kings. 
Iranian
Rustam Takes Prisoner the Khan of China, from the Shahnama of Firdausi
1455 – 1465
ink, opaque watercolor, and gold leaf | paper
Museum Purchase
1963/1.52
This print shows a warrior, seated on a low folding chair, facing forward in elaborate armor. He looks over his right shoulder. One hand is on his thigh, the other appears to be gesturing. The wall behind him is painted with plum blossoms. A sword is visible on his left side.<br /><br />
This is the right panel of a triptych.<br /><br />
Inscriptions: Tsutaya, Kichizō (Publisher's seal); Fuku/Muramatsu (Censor's seals); Toyokuni ga (Signature); Gotobei (undeciphered)
Utagawa Kunisada
Yoshitsune's Letter from Koshigoe: Nakamura Utaemon IV as Gotobei
woodblock print on paper
21 in x 37 in (53.34 cm x 93.98 cm)
Gift of Ruth W. and Clarence J. Boldt, Jr.
Frederick Strothmann
Beat Back the Hun with Liberty Bonds
1913 – 1923
color lithograph | paper
Gift of Mr. Maurice F. Lyons
1954/2.35.95
A human face in anguish, with hands raised to his cheeks, looks out from the center of a visual field full of slashing diagonals and explosive triangles of color. On the left side, smoke billows.
Otto Dix
Artillery Battle (Artillerieschlacht)
1917
charcoal and gouache | paper mounted on linen
Museum Purchase
1967/1.41
Chinese
Skinning Knife
9700 BCE
bronze
The Oliver J. Todd Memorial Collection
1974/1.146
In this print, a warrior faces forward in elaborate armor. He is seated on a folding chair. In his right hand is a tasselled stick. A sword is visible near his left palm. He stands against a blue background. The wall behind him is painted with plum blossoms, and a recessed screen is covered with a dark floral pattern.<br /><br />
Inscriptions: Tsutaya, Kichizō (Publisher's seal); Fuku/Muramatsu (Censor's seals); Toyokuni ga (Signature); Izumi no Saburō Tadae
Utagawa Kunisada
Yoshitsune's Letter from Koshigoe: (possibly) Mimasu Gennosuke II as Izumi no Saburō
woodblock print on paper
21 in x 37 in (53.34 cm x 93.98 cm);13 7/8 in x 29 1/4 in (35.24 cm x 74.3 cm);21 in x 37 in (53.34 cm x 93.98 cm);13 7/8 in x 9 5/8 in (35.24 cm x 24.45 cm)
Gift of Ruth W. and Clarence J. Boldt, Jr.

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