Sketch of a Woman Carrying a Bundle and Female Figures
Stefano della Bella
This ink sketch on paper contains a woman in the upper center hunched over with a bundle on her back. The lower half contains two rough sketches of female figures with a sketch of an obscured female profile in between.
This sheet has drawings of four female figures. The upper half of the sheet shows a woman standing full-length in profile, facing right. She leans forward and carries a large bundle on her back. Three other women are sketched in the bottom half of the sheet. On the left is a half-length figure of a woman seen from the back wearing a dress. To the right is the head of a woman in profile wearing a headscarf. On the right is a woman, drawn to her hemline, standing in three-quarters profile facing right, wearing a heavy robe. The reverse has sketch of a young male turning to face slightly backward with left arm upraised.
A sketch study of a young man. There are two rendtitions of the model; in the bottom-right is a frontal drawing of his head, right shoulder, and chest. In the middle is a study of the man's face, hair and neck, he is angled towards the left, facing away from the artist.
This is a portrait of a courtesan and her two attendants. The courtesan wears a red cloak with a peacock flying over peonies and a pale green color kimono with “shippô” (seven treasures) pattern. Her green obi, tied in the front, has design of red and blue clouds with gold plants. She is turning away from a viewer to show the gorgeous cloak. Her hair is sculpted in a butterfly shape on the top and has wings to the side. Tortoise-shell combs and multiple hairpins adorn the hair. Her two attendants flank the courtesan; they wear matching, dark green kimono with chrysanthemum flower design and red underkimono. Their kimono have especially long sleeves (furisode), whose openings are tied with ribbons. Their obi are in brocade and tied on their backs. Their hair is sculpted in round shape on their tops and has side wings like the courtesan. They wear silver hair accessories of cherry blossoms and tassels, long hairpins and red silk ribbons. The attendant on the left holds a battledore pad and the right attendant holds a ball. All the women wear black platform sandals. There is a cherry tree in full blossom on the right, from which some petals fall on the women and the ground. There are the artist’s signature and seal on the lower right corner. It has mounting of beige silk and two strips of floral pattern brocade on the top and bottom of the painting.
Courtesan in an iris-patterned robe: "June" in a series of Twelve Months
This is a large monochrome print of a courtesan wearing kimono with iris design. The courtesan is standing with her right hand in the sleeve that she raises to her chin and left hand gathering up her kimono; Her cloak with bamboo leaf and gentian flower design is slipping off her shoulder and revealing her dark kimono with iris roundels. She has long hair; her hair is tied and draped on the back. She is looking toward the right side. There is the artist’s signature and seal, and publisher’s seal on the right.
Artist Life Dates
active 1710 - 1716
Object Creation Date
Medium and Support
Kakemono-e (oversize) sumizurii-e (monochrome woodblock print) on paper
Carved wooden figure of a soldier. The general shape is cyclindrical and elongated on the vertical axis. The helmet, uniform, and gun are styled after WW2 era armaments. The jacket, gun, and face are detailed.
Hirado Ware Mizusashi blue-and-white water covered jar with design of Chinese sages
Artist Unknown Hirado ware, Japan
This white porcelain jar has the design of six Chinese sages and an attendant boy with blue underglaze in delicate brushwork. One sage is reading a book, while another is listening. The attendant boy is standing next to the sage with a book. Other four sages are looking at a long hand scroll. Some sages hold staffs on their hands. One sage has a string instrument. The jar has a broad shoulder and an inverted mouth, where the lid is placed. The knob of the lid is in a shape of a reclining boy (unpainted), surrounded by books, hanging scrolls, a cane, and a fan, which are painted with blue underglaze. It also has a shallow foot.
In an ominous landscape a crowd of nude men, women and children, their bodies silhouetted against the descending gloom, struggle frantically to escape rising floodwaters. The figures gesture wildly and strenuously twist their long athletic bodies into a seemingly infinite variety of contortions as they clamber up the last hilltops and trees. A city stands on a hill and appears through the trees in the background.
This kabuki actor is in intricate and colorful costume, wearing a helmet with a strap that comes across the front of his chin. His eyes face two different directions, and he holds a metal weapon or staff.
Four men from the chest up at an angle. There is an older man in the front, looking off into the distance. Behind him is a taller man wearing a black cap. There are trees and buildings in the far background.
Jina venerated by a monk and a lay devotee from Digambara Jain Manuscript
Artist Unknown, India, Sirohi School
A man reclines on a carpet or cloth, and looks up at two figures above him. On the right, a deity sits cross-legged on a pedestal with a canopy over its head. To the left, another figure faces the deity, also on a pedestal carpet. He appears to be naked, and raises his in gesture towards the deity. A metal lamp or ewer rests below him, on what appears to be an abstract mountain, on which the reclining man also lies. He holds what may be prayer beads, and wears robes with stripes and his covered head rests on a pillow.
A girl is facing left, while there is a unicorn on the left and a butterfly on the bottom left of the printing. The sun is above the unicorn indicating it is in the middle of the day, in the afternoon.
Tsuba (sword guard) with design of Kanzan (Chinese, Han Shan) and Jittoku (Chinese, Shihde), two Zen eccentrics
Artist Unknown, Japan
Circular tsuba, made of iron. It has two holes in the middle. Two figures, Kanzan and Jittoku, are carved on the lower right corner. Kanzan, who holds a scroll on his hand, and Jittoku, who holds a bloom stick and pointing to the sky, are looking upward. The two figures are carved slightly higher than the surface. On the back, there is the moon partially obscured by clouds. Gold and silver alloy inlays are applied to the moon and the clouds. Gold is also inlayed in their eyes, parts of the garments, and Kanzan's scroll. Shakudô (copper-gold alloy) is inlayed in Jittoku's bloom and his jacket collars.
Object Creation Date
early 18th century
Medium and Support
iron with gold, silver, and shakudô (copper-gold alloy) inlays