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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
bronze
6 7/16 in x 2 13/16 in x 4 7/8 in (16.4 cm x 7.2 cm x 12.4 cm)
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leo S. Figiel
Chinese
Skinning knife with animal head handle
bronze
6 13/16 in. x 1 1/8 in. ( 17.3 cm x 2.86 cm )
Gift of F. Karel Wiest
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)
iron, wood and gold leaf
2 15/16 in x 30 1/16 in x 3 9/16 in (7.46 cm x 76.36 cm x 9.05 cm)
Gift of Dr. James and Vivian Curtis
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
wood and iron
20 7/8 in x 2 3/8 in x 10 5/8 in (53 cm x 6 cm x 27 cm);20 7/8 in x 2 3/8 in x 10 5/8 in (53 cm x 6 cm x 27 cm)
Gift of Bert N. LaDu, Jr.
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
brass and wood
24 1/8 in x 6 1/2 in x 1 5/8 in (61.28 cm x 16.51 cm x 4.13 cm)
Gift of Susan B. and John F. Ullrich
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)
ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper
10 7/8 in x 7 3/4 in (27.62 cm x 19.69 cm);19 5/16 in x 14 5/16 in (49.05 cm x 36.35 cm);10 7/8 in x 7 3/4 in (27.62 cm x 19.69 cm)
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Leo S. Figiel and Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Figiel.
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
ink, opaque watercolor, and gold leaf on paper
10 1/2 in. x 7 in. ( 26.7 cm x 17.8 cm )
Museum Purchase
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
color lithograph on paper
30 1/8 x 20 1/8 in. (76.5 x 51 cm)
Gift of Mr. Maurice F. Lyons
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)
charcoal and gouache on paper mounted on linen
22 3/10 in x 22 ⅛ in x 1 ½ in (56.67 cm x 56.2 cm x 3.81 cm);22 3/10 in x 22 ⅛ in x 1 ½ in (56.67 cm x 56.2 cm x 3.81 cm);16 in x 15 ⅝ in (40.64 cm x 39.69 cm)
Museum Purchase
Chinese
Skinning Knife
bronze
10 11/16 in. x 1 3/4 in. x 3/4 in. ( 27.2 cm x 4.5 cm x 1.9 cm )
The Oliver J. Todd Memorial Collection
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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