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  • Object: Abacus

    Oct 04, 2018

    I-0477a Abacus Japanese Japan 20th century Materials: Wood, metal, paint Before the invention of the computer or calculator, merchants used counting boards or an abacus to keep track of inventory and their finances. The abacus replaced other primitive counting devices [...]

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  • Object: Mask

    Oct 02, 2018

    I-0581c Opera Mask Chinese Unknown date, likely 20th century Materials: Paper Mache and Paint Sun Wukong at the Beijing opera “Journey to the West.” Photo by d’n’c, via Wikimedia Commons. This mask represents a character named Sun Wukong (孫悟空), or [...]

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  • Object: Mask

    Oct 02, 2018

    I-0581a Opera Mask Chinese Unknown date, likely 20th century Materials: Paper Mache This is a Chinese Opera mask depicting  Jian Wei, a character who appeared in the The Romance of the Three Kingdoms. This traditional Chinese drama combines historic events, [...]

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  • Object: Dance prop

    Oct 01, 2018

    2013.12.1 Dragon dance prop Chinese 21st Century Materials: cloth, paint In western society the thought of dragons conjures up fearful images of large lizards that can fly and breathe fire. Often dragons are perceived as evil and a menace upon [...]

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  • Object: Flute

    Sep 27, 2018

    I-0581j Flute Manufactured/made by He Le (approximate translation of Chinese writing on flute; one symbol is un-readable though) Chinese 20th Century Material: Bamboo This object is a wooden “Ti” flute made out of bamboo with Chinese writing on it. Flutes [...]

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  • Object: Tray of Togetherness

    Sep 27, 2018

    I-0308a Tray of Togetherness Chinese The above tray is a Tray of Togetherness which is used during the celebration of the Chinese New Year. This particular tray consists of nine china dishes that are hand painted with different images of [...]

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  • Object: Teapot

    Sep 27, 2018

    2013.15.1 Teapot Southern China Date: 19th Century Materials: Ceramic, plant materials, cloth, metal This is a Chinese teapot which was brought over from Southern China by the donor’s father’s family in 1926. The teapot is porcelain with a blue and [...]

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