A round metal lock meant to lock a chest. The front of the metal disc is decorated with a line carving of a Korean character surrounded by multiple carved circles, but leave a rim of undecorated metal around its edges.
A round metal lock meant to lock a chest. The front of the metal disc is decorated with a line carving of a Korean character surrounded by multiple carved circles and bulb-like motifs. Around the central design is a ring of larger circles.
This incense burner is composed of two equal halves. It opens to be used for incense storage, and takes the shape of a ginko leaf. The glaze gives the piece a red color.
This is an incense container in the shape of a ginko leaf. The artist, Koyama Kyoko, struggled as a female potter in a trade dominated by male artists. She received recognition when she discovered a way to revive the forgotten techinique of natural ash glazes, which are commonly used in her work.
Goldweight in the shape of a chest decorated with side-by-side "star" forms on the top and sides.
Early historic records indicate that chiefs from the various coastal Akan states (in what are now Ghana and Côte d"ivoire) frequently requested ironbound coffers from their European trading partners. Kings and chiefs would use these chests to hold their gold dust; a particular kind of wooden chest was called "apemadaka", or "£ 1,000 (Pound Sterling) Chest" because it could hold 1,000 individually wrapped bundles of gold dust worth 1 English Pound. Chests and boxes like this one are not only a common motif for goldweights, but are represented on other objects as well, including actual gold dust boxes.
Brass pipe with a figurative bowl in the shape of a human head.
The pipe's bowl is a human face, styled with European physical characteristics. The face smokes a smaller pipe, meant to be a humurous allusion to an infinite series commenting on the plasticity of social relationships and universals of human experience. The pipe smokes a pipe, which may be thought of as smoking an even smaller pipe and so on. Similarly, the pipesmoker may be unknowingly being smoked, and so on.
On the plate, l.r.: Callot fecit Israel excudit. On the plate, lower right margin: 18 On the plate, lower margin, six verse lines in groups of two disposed from left to right: Cet example d'un Chef plein de reconnoissance, Qui punit les méchans et les bon recompance, Doit picquer les soldats d'un aiguillon d'honneur Puisque de la vertu dépend tout leur bon-heur, Et qu'ordinairement ils reciovent du Vice, La honte, le mespris, et le dernier supplice.