A small replica sculpture of a two-story pagoda split into 4 sections: foundation and ground floor, 1st story roof/2nd floor, 2nd story roof and fi nial. It is painted red,, black and white, though much of the paint is now missing. Dimensions: 27 1/4" x 13 1/8" x 13 1/8".
Japanese painting in ink on silk, mounted as a hanging scroll. There is a large plum branch depicted under the light of a large, slightly obscured, moon in the upper left corner. The scroll is signed Soin at age 81 and stamped with a seal reading Taisodo. Dimensions: entire scroll 74" x 18 1/2," painted image 42 3/4" x 13 3/4".
A Japanese painting in ink and colors on silk, mounted as a hanging scroll. It depicts a yellow oriole perched on a branch with many green leaves and five peaches. It is signed by the artist. Dimensions: entire scroll: 56" x 26," painted image: 17 1/4" x 20 1/4." For more about this artists: http://www.adachi-museum.or.jp/e/c_shiho.html.
Hand fragment of a larger statue of Amidha Buddha. This right hand, of the now lost figure, is broken off at wrist and stands upright with its fingers curled on a rectangular base. Dimensions: 10 3/8" x 6 1/8" x 6 5/8", with pedestal: 16 1/8" x 7" x 11 1/8".
A Chinese Chekiang celadon porcelain plate with an impressed lotus design in the center and cavatto incised with spiraling devices. It is glazed with a crackled celadon glaze in a light green tone. Diameter: 12 1/2," height: 2 3/4".
A Thai Sawankhalok ware jarlet with two loop handles that connect from the neck to the shoulder of the jar. It is glazed in a greenish-gray celadon glaze with a darker, unglazed base. Dimensions: diameter: 3," height: 2 7/8".
A Thai Sawankhalok stoneware ovoid bottle with two loop handles running from the shoulder to the short neck with a cupped mouth. The shoulder has several bands of grooves carved into it that run down the body of the jar as well. It is glazed with an degraded brown color that ends short of the foot, with the bottom being a gray-tan tone. Diameter: 2 5/8," height: 4 1/2".
A pair of Japanese paintings on silk, mounted as hanging scrolls. The image featured depicts a boat approaching two shore-side huts partly obscured by treed, with a high background of two mountain peaks in mist. The scrolls are both signed by the artist. Dimensions: 33" x 10 1/2." For more about this artist and his technique: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~arth17/HatsubokuK.html, http://artmuseum.princeton.edu/events/MultipleHands/.
A pair of six-fold screens that depict scenes in Kyoto. The vignettes illustrate workers, festivals, boaters, figures visiting a shrine and in the street, etc. They are rendered in predominantly blues, greens, reds, and tans and are surrounded by delicate gold leaf. Dimensions: 67"x 84 3/4" x 3/4."
This puppet head is balding with gray-yellow hair on the sides of its head and small topknot. Its eyebrows, eyes, and mouth can all move. This puppet would play roles of elder men. Dimensions: 13 1/2" x 4 1/2" x 6". For more information about Bunraku puppets see: http://www2.ntj.jac.go.jp/unesco/bunraku/en/.Two other valuable resources published by Whitman College discussing its collection of Bunraku puppets include "The Doll Theatre: Bunraku Puppets in the Whitman Collection" (1995) and "Moveable Mysteries: The Immortality of Bunraku Puppet Theatre" (2009). See the Sheehan Gallery website to purchase either text.
The head and neck of a Bodhisattva with an elaborate topknot and looped earlobes on a pedestal. There are some trace of the original primer on hair and face. Dimensions:16 1/8" x 8 3/4" x 7 7/8", pedestal: 10 1/4 x 9 3/4 x 9 3/8".
A Japanese painting in ink and color on silk, mounted as a hanging scroll. It depicts the Bodhisattva Fugen seated on a recumbent white elephant and reading a scroll, with a large halo behind the figure. Dimensions: entire scroll: 102" x 30 3/4," painted image: 59 3/4" x 29."
Japanese painting in ink and colors on silk, mounted as a hanging scroll. It depicts a scene with willow branches in which three white herons are perched. It's signed and stamped with the seal of the artist. Dimensions: entire scroll: 92 1/2" x 26 1/4," painted image 55 1/2" x 20 1/4".
A standing, front facing Buddah figure with long ears and a bun on its head. Its right arm is bent upwards and palm turned out towards the viewer. Its left arm reaches out towards the viewer, bent at the elbow with its palm turned towards the viewer. The figure stands on a small dark, wood pedestal with a placard on it the reads "Hakuho Period (646-709 AD)." Dimensions: 6 7/8" x 2 5/8" x 1 5/8", pedestal: 1 1/4" x 2" x 2"