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Tibetan Deity, 18th century, gilt bronze, 3 1/2 in. tall.
At just 3 1/2 inches tall, the figure’s hands and patterned trim are finely detailed in a beautiful way.
Sep 19, 2014

Tibetan Deity, 18th century, gilt bronze, 3 1/2 in. tall.

At just 3 1/2 inches tall, the figure’s hands and patterned trim are finely detailed in a beautiful way.

India, Rare Suankaloke Green Glazed Figure of an Elephant, Found 14th-15th century, glazed ceramic, 2 5/8 x 3 1/8 x 1 5/8”.

Discovered in a shipwreck in the Gulf of Siam.
Aug 21, 2014 / 3 notes

India, Rare Suankaloke Green Glazed Figure of an Elephant, Found 14th-15th century, glazed ceramic, 2 5/8 x 3 1/8 x 1 5/8”.

Discovered in a shipwreck in the Gulf of Siam.

Aug 20, 2014 / 4 notes

Japanese, textile fragments, date unknown.

Top: 12 1/4 in. x 16 5/8 in.

Middle: 6 7/8 in. x 11 3/4 in. 

Bottom: 11in. x 16 1/2 in. 

We loved how the top one looks like a crazy 1970’s pattern, but it was acquired by the museum in 1949.

Aug 14, 2014 / 5 notes

Possibly Mediterranean, cover with stylized embroidered floral motif, date unknown, linen, 37 in. by 18 1/2 in.

We’ve been dreamin’ of desert nights. 

Jul 31, 2014 / 2 notes

Chinese, Slip-over Garment with K’o-ssu Weave, 18th Century, silk, 40 3/8 in. x 25 3/4 in.

The imagery on this pieces contains dragons, clouds, and symbols on a dark blue ground. On the front and back, a rectangular panel encloses a phoenix, clouds, etc., on a grey ground; at the bottom of the garment, a border of the sea and flowers; brown and gilt border on all edges.

Wouldn’t you wear something like this today?

Jul 28, 2014 / 5 notes

Chinese collar with fleur de lis design, date unknown, embroidered with gold filigree thread on white silk, 18.25 in. x 18.50 in.

The digitizing crew admired the elegance of this collar, but we would never trust ourselves to wear it. Imagine trying to eat soup with this thing on!

Jul 24, 2014 / 15 notes

Chinese, Blue Phoenix with Gold Thread Embroidery, date unknown, embroidered fabric, 10 3/4 in. x 12 1/8 in.

While shooting these pieces, we find ourselves really interested in the way that the back of the embroidery looks. Sometimes we find it even more interesting than the front!

Jul 24, 2014 / 5 notes

Top: Chinese, Mythological figure on lion embroidered in colors on raw silk, date unknown, embroidery on raw silk, 15 1/8 in. x 15 1/4 in.

Bottom: Chinese, Mythological figure on lion surrounded by bats, date unknown, embroidery on red silk, 9 7/8 in. x 9 1/2 in.

We aren’t sure exactly who these two pieces are meant to depict, but it looks like they may illustrate the same myth – if you look closely, both figures are holding the same items. 

Sometimes lions with dragon-like appearances are referred to as ch’ao-ching in Chinese mythology.

Jul 21, 2014 / 3 notes

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 / 5 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 / 25 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 / 4 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: 

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