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Printing woodblock

printing woodblock
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Pear wood printing block, carved on both sides with 23 columns of characters in a regular script. The inscription is of pages 9 and 10 from volume 55 of the "Collected Works of Su Weigong" by Su Song (1020 - 1101 CE), a scholar in both astronomy and medicine.


Huo quan coin

huo quan coin
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Huo quan (coin for exchange).


Wuzhu coin

wuzhu coin
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Wuzhu (five zhu coin).


Blanc de Chine Guanyin figurine

blanc de Chine Guanyin figurine
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Dehua blanc de Chine porcelain figure of Guanyin, Goddess of Mercy. Hollow cream-white porcelain figure covered in a milk-white glaze, except the base rim which is left unglazed. The figurine is glazed on the inside.


Court robe

court robe
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Chao pao, or court robe, belonging to an official. The robe comprises of a top and pleated skirt sewn together and is made of dark blue silk and edged with a dark blue and gold brocade.


Astronomical clock

astronomical clock
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Astronomical clock with carved wooden stand.


Equestrian polo player figurine

equestrian polo player figurine
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Hollow-moulded, soft, buff earthenware figure of an equestrienne dressed for playing polo, on horseback. All four legs of the horse are outstretched as if galloping; the head looks straight ahead and the ears are pricked.


Sancai figurine of Turfan man

sancai figurine of Turfan man
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Moulded light buff earthenware figure of a standing Turfan man, perhaps Christian, of the type Tocharians painted at Khocho, with a solid octagonal self-base. The man stands holding his hands to his chest and wears a tall hat and long flowing robes over a long tunic tied at the waist.


Large camel statuette

large camel statuette
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Hollow-moulded glazed light buff earthenware model of a saddled Bactrian camel standing four-square on a rectangular, flat self-base. The camel has a raised head, tilted slightly to one side with mouth wide open, two humps and a short tail curled around the hindquarters to the right.


Zhejiang celadon bowl

Zhejiang celadon bowl
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Zhejiang celadon ware bowl. Heavily potted deep bowl with rounded sides and foot. The interior of the bowl is decorated with fluted sides and an impressed leaf-design in the centre. The exterior is decorated with a broad band of key fret incised in the glaze.


Small camel statuette

small camel statuette
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Hollow-moulded glazed light buff earthenware model of a saddled Bactarian camel standing four-square on a rectangular, flat self-base. The camel has a raised head, tilted slightly to one side with mouth open.


Armorial plate

armorial plate
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Export ware plate, part of a Scottish armorial service.


Toad snuff bottle

toad snuff bottle
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Finely carved jade snuff bottle in the shape of a toad, with a carved wooden stand.


Porcelain beer tankard

porcelain beer tankard
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Chinese export ware porcelain tankard, with cylindrical body and a dragon handle.


Indian Buddha

Indian Buddha
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Carved stone figure of Buddha, seated in posture with his right hand held in his left. Seated within an enclosure or shrine. He wears long, flowing robes and his face bears a serene expression.


Landscape hanging scroll painting

Landscape hanging scroll painting
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Hanging scroll. Title 'People in a Riverscape'. Landscape painting. Signed by Zhang Ruocheng in imperial service with painter's seals under signature. Seal of Qianlong which is not completely straight and therefore suggests that this scroll may not actually have been part of his collection.


Earthenware candlestick

earthenware candlestick
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Earthenware candlestick of light buff clay in two tiers, an imitation of a western shape. The upper tier is smaller than the lower; both tiers are shallow with an everted rim and are centrally supported by a ribbed solid shaft with a holder for the candle on the top.


Imperial mandate

imperial mandate
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imperial mandate in handscroll format composed of panels of varying colours, all woven with a pattern of clouds and covered with text in Chinese kaishu script and Manchu script.


Hanging scroll of six maidens at palace lake

hanging scroll of six maidens at palace lake
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A hanging scroll depicting six maidens playing at the palace lake, in ink and colour on silk.


Autumn scenery - hanging scroll

hanging scroll, depicting autumn scenery