Folding album of twelve landscapes in Chinese styles

folding album of twelve landscapes in Chinese styles
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This album in different Chinese painting styles should be viewed as a sampler of historical painting forms, demonstrating not only Chikuto's artistic talent but also understanding of Chinese art history.

Figure of a crouching deer

figure of a crouching deer
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This small hollow figure was cast with its legs curled under its body, meeting underneath and fixed to the base. Where the legs meet, the hooves were slightly modelled to distinguish the feet. Its mouth has been carved and it has small, undetailed, round eyes and nostrils.

Hanging scroll: Yellow oak leaves with waves and the moon

hanging scroll: Yellow oak leaves with waves and the moon
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This watercolour is set upon a dark patterned silk panel, and shows a simple yellow oak branch, beneath which are delicately executed waves and above sits a full moon seen behind wispy clouds. The branch is intricately drawn and the image uses soft, earthy tones.

Hanging scroll: Fujiwara Narimichi playing the flute

hanging scroll: Fujiwara Narimichi playing the flute
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This long, rectangular print has a beige/cream background, mounted on a gold patterned scroll. The image shows a seated man playing a small flute.

Hanging scroll: Chiyono sees the moon in the spilled water

hanging scroll: Chiyono sees the moon in the spilled water
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This central image sits on a gold-coloured, florally patterned silk panel. The image shows a female figure in the bottom right standing side on but twisted to the viewer and looking towards an upturned bucket in front of her.

Hanging scroll: Misty rain in valleys and mountains

hanging scroll: Misty rain in valleys and mountains
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This large floral patterned greeny-brown scroll shows a landscape scene using light colours of black, grey, green and pale orange. In the top left of the image are mountains showing a waterfall. The bottom right shows a forest/wooded area with a rapid running river.

Seated tomb figure

seated tomb figure
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This figure was mould-made and represents a man seated on a ledge. His hands are hidden within the sleeves of a long heavy robe. The thighs are foreshortened and he sits slightly twisted towards his right. There are minor breaks around the shoulders.

Figure of the Infant Buddha

figure of the Infant Buddha
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This bronze Buddha figure is standing with his right arm raised upwards, the fingers of which are hooked in a loop. The figure has a defined waist and defined breasts,hich contrasts with the infantile circular-section limbs. It stands on a small flat base.

Large vase

large vase
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This large compressed spherical type vase has a flat-lipped edge with evidence of damage. On each side are two long cylindrical lugs, pierced horizontally from each end, possibly to act as suspension.

Dolomite vase

This ovoid shaped jar has a flat-lipped edge to the small opening and two lugs on either side, possibly for suspension. There is significant damage on one side of the lipped edge and chipping on the other. Greenish discolouration (copper?) can be seen on and adjacent to both lugs.

Tall vase

tall vase
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This tall vase is made from diorite. It is long and tall with a lip around the opening. Apart from some small chips inside the opening, it is in good condition.

Statuette of a wax man

statuette of a wax man
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There is a vertical inscription running down the front of this figure. It is written in dark ink in cursive hieroglyphics which are now almost illegible, but can be translated as ‘His son Intef, born of Nefru-Hor’.

Bead in the form of a frog

This bead is made of carnelian, a variety of chalcedony. It is virtually a flat lentoid, pierced by a hole through the frog’s mouth. There are traces of dirt through the hole and on the end of the nose. A Y shaped marking is engraved onto the back of the frog running up towards the head.

Amulet in the form of a frog

amulet in the form of a frog
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The frog squats on its hind legs with forelegs flexed. The eyes are carved as bulbous excresences and the large mouth is indicated by a line at the sides. It is made of stone or shell. A translucent stripe runs through the centre of the figure.

Statuette of a standing baboon

statuette of a standing baboon
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This figure is depicted with its knees flexed and hands raised, palm outwards in a praying. The tail falls behind in a shallow curve, ending in a slightly bulbous tip. The muscles at the nape of the neck are well marked. The bare skin around the rump forms a depression of figure of eight shape.

Mummy pectoral

mummy pectoral
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This pectoral is made from a rectangular sheet of metal worked in repousse, in the form of the inner part of the temple. There is a cavetto cornice above a portico chased with two lines marking the upper ends of the architrave, and a group of six vertical lines in the centre.

Statuette of Isis nursing Harpocrates

statuette of Isis nursing Harpocrates
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The edges of the throne on which Isis sits has been cut away, and the rear folds of the garment now exposed, are rather crudely carved. She wears a flowing, pleated robe which falls in catenary curves between her knee.

Mummy portrait of a youth

mummy portrait of a youth
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The absence of facial hair and unformed features reveal the subject as a boy just entering puberty. It depicts the boy with naturalistic eyes, not yet formalised into a hieratic convention.

Fitment carved as a horse's head

fitment carved as a horse's head
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This curved piece is carved in high relief with the head of a horse, its neck outstretched. The back of the piece is plain and flat. The horse is depicted wearing a headstall with a cheek-strap decorated with roundels.

Lower body of a female figure

Only the lower half of this figure remains. The body has been simplistically modelled and is rounded in shape. A large groove separates the legs and there is a suggestion of feet. A faint groove encircles the stomach although the rest of the body is undefined.