The Latest

Jul 21, 2014 / 1 note

Embroidered panels, Chinese, embroidered silk, 19th century. 

These embroidered panels are a part of a large gift from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 1949. 

Jul 16, 2014 / 7 notes

Chinese Textile Fragment, 10 in. x 11 in.

No info in the books on this one, but the digitizing crew speculates that it might be a cat on water skis. (Don’t quote us on that in your Asian Art 101 term paper.)

Chinese, 18th Century robe, silk tapestry weave (k’o ssu), 55in. X 81in. Includes dragons surrounded by Buddhist emblems, clouds, bats, birds and the character for marital happiness. At bottom, the sea depicts Mount Meru and floating symbols. Details painted, gilt buttons and no lining. 
Helpful MCAM staff member Kate says, “Mount Meru represents the universe in Buddhism, which is a religion originating in and near the Himalayas.”
Jul 10, 2014 / 4 notes

Chinese, 18th Century robe, silk tapestry weave (k’o ssu), 55in. X 81in. Includes dragons surrounded by Buddhist emblems, clouds, bats, birds and the character for marital happiness. At bottom, the sea depicts Mount Meru and floating symbols. Details painted, gilt buttons and no lining. 

Helpful MCAM staff member Kate says, “Mount Meru represents the universe in Buddhism, which is a religion originating in and near the Himalayas.”

Jul 10, 2014 / 22 notes

Made in China, peach blossom embroidery on blue silk, 13 5/8in. X 13 1/4in.

We loved the elaborate embroidery on this piece and how you can see the interconnecting threads on the back.

Eugene Berman, Nocturnal Cathedral, 1951, lithograph, 12-2/3x9-1/4 inches.
We really like the brick print here. It reminds us of Mills Hall, but in a horror-movie sort of way.
Jul 2, 2014 / 2 notes

Eugene Berman, Nocturnal Cathedral, 1951, lithograph, 12-2/3x9-1/4 inches.

We really like the brick print here. It reminds us of Mills Hall, but in a horror-movie sort of way.

Inhwan Oh, Where Man Meets Man in San Francisco, 2002, cement and slow burning incense, comprised of 15 panels that create a 180in x180in square.
Mills digitizing crew can confirm that the panels still smell like incense. One of the better smelling pieces in the collection. 
Jun 26, 2014 / 3 notes

Inhwan Oh, Where Man Meets Man in San Francisco, 2002, cement and slow burning incense, comprised of 15 panels that create a 180in x180in square.

Mills digitizing crew can confirm that the panels still smell like incense. One of the better smelling pieces in the collection. 

Jun 24, 2014 / 1 note

Sylvie Fleury, Formula One Dress, July 1999, 81/100, 57.5”x46”.

"Sylvie Fleury has taken the Hugo Boss sponsorship of the West McLaren Mercedes team as the subject of her Formula One Dress. With subtle female irony, she has reinterpreted the masculine McLaren racing overall to create a unique piece of art.

Hand-tailored dress with original Formula One fabric, original Formula One logos, two-way zipper and lining with flames.”

—text from the original box

Photo of artist in dress found at: 

http://classconnection.s3.amazonaws.com/542/flashcards/406542/png/formula_one.png

Jun 19, 2014 / 6 notes

Black and gold evening gown, 1930s, net and gilt lace with silk lining, 59 in. x 53 in.

This dress was inside a box of costumes from Mills’ now-defunct theater department. Any guesses as to which play it could have been worn in? (We hope flappers were involved.)

The highlight of today’s digitizing: finding the crystal ball hidden deep within MCAM’s collection area.
Unknown artist.
Jun 12, 2014 / 4 notes

The highlight of today’s digitizing: finding the crystal ball hidden deep within MCAM’s collection area.

Unknown artist.

Chinese Children Chasing Butterflies, Meiwa Era (late 18th century) Japanese Fukusa.
We’re not sure exactly what they’re chasing the butterflies with, but it looks like it might not be fun for the butterflies. The embroidery in this is incredibly detailed.
Jun 10, 2014 / 2 notes

Chinese Children Chasing Butterflies, Meiwa Era (late 18th century) Japanese Fukusa.

We’re not sure exactly what they’re chasing the butterflies with, but it looks like it might not be fun for the butterflies. The embroidery in this is incredibly detailed.

Japanese fukusa with horse race, 33.75 x 26 in.
Jun 9, 2014 / 15 notes

Japanese fukusa with horse race, 33.75 x 26 in.

Japanese. Fukusa. Dyed and embroidered crepe. Temmei Era 1781-1788.
Jun 5, 2014

Japanese. Fukusa. Dyed and embroidered crepe. Temmei Era 1781-1788.

Edouard Goerg. La Femme Jealouse. 14 1/4 x 10 3/4”.
May 29, 2014 / 10 notes

Edouard Goerg. La Femme Jealouse. 14 1/4 x 10 3/4”.

Peter Paul. n/a. 26x19 3/4”
May 29, 2014 / 2 notes

Peter Paul. n/a. 26x19 3/4”

Honore Daumier, Paris L’été: Tenue de canicule. 1853
May 28, 2014 / 1 note

Honore Daumier, Paris L’été: Tenue de canicule. 1853