Constructed with a front panel that lifts out to reveal two interior shelves above a single drawer, all supported on four squat feet; the front panel displaying a complex and finely inlaid design of various courtiers and sages within the enclosed garden of an elaborate dwelling, framed by scrolling floral borders; the top, sides and inner drawer all decorated in simpler inlaid floral motifs. The front panel is intended to be removable and has many breaks. It has a metal pull handle. It is
Knife with carving of man with animal on handle and leather sheath. Knife handle is made of Metal, possibly bronze, and wood. The wooden part is carved; on one side with a man and animal, and on the other side with animals and plants. The case is marked "165 a VD," and the knife as "165 b VD." Sheath and knife stored in two separate bags. Catalog lists-The Virgil Davin Collection states: "165 a&B VD Knife and Case." Early 20th Century.
Tibetan Butter Lamp of clay. Black, goblet shaped, approx. 5 cm tall, Diameter of bowl approx. 5 cm, bottom is concave with vestigial stem. Lamp appears to have a rusted like quality, almost like stone. Accession File states: "Tibetan Butter Lamp of Clay. A Tibetan butter lamp of clay, used by the Tibetans in worship or merely to secure light. Butter is used as oil, or fuel, and strings or pieces of cloth as wicks. Secured by D. C. Graham at Tatsienlu, August, 1930."
Bolo with a dark brown, hollowed bone grip which looks very much like highly grained wood. The bottom of the grip is a 6.5 cm metal segment with 4 incised bands a the top and bottom. The blade is a nearly rectangular piece of metal which widens at the tip and is rounded. One edge of the bolo is sharpened, the other is not. Artifact notes state: "Bolo is a native name in the Philippines: a long, rather heavy Philippine single-edged knife. Resembles a machete."
Displaying a design of cranes flying beneath a red autumn moon to the top and three gilt kanji characters to one side (illegible), constructed with an intentional large slit to the lid (extensive wear, large chips), mounted on a raised rectangular base with two scroll feet. Found inside box was an old object tag which reads 11064-8. Has own box-plain. Accession File states: "Black Box; geese and moon." Early 20th Century.
Tibetan prayer wheel made of copper with a carved wooden handle. The wheel is held on the handle by a wire through the wheel topped by a brass knob. Tibetan script encircles the sides of each wheel. The wheel is decorated by three brass bands on the sides and brass filigree on the top and bottom. Folded prayer inscriptions inside. Accession File states: "6305 Tibetan Prayer Wheel Worshipers turn them around, holding the handle in their hands. The contents of these wheels are not prayers, but
Man's silk gown of Manchu style. Long, blue silk brocade, full length gown. Faded by exposure to light. Long side slits. Brocade pattern of flowers and leaves. Part of the "Curios" that were at the Rochester Municipal Museum, and then donated to Whitman. Qing Dynasty 1644-1911.