The obi is made of satin damask silk woven with “flower in tortoise-shell” patterns. “Cracked ice” pattern in red is dyed with wax-resist technique. Orchid flowers, leaves, ginger leaves, and ferns are hand painted in white, yellow, black, red, and green. Silver threads are embroidered in the rim of orchid flowers and other plants; more colored metallic and velvet threads are applied. The “cracked ice” patterns are broader adjacent to plants and red dye outlines them; that suggests that the artist designed flowers and foliage before the wax-resist application. The plant designs are located on two parts of the obi; when wearing, one will appear in front, and other will appear on the back bow.
Orchids are traditionally considered as symbols of virtuous person in East Asian cultures. But the white orchid flowers in this obi are cultivated kinds, more recent imports to Japan; their flamboyant appearance conveys exotic feeling.
A black and white silkscreen lettering of a dove with its right wing outstretched, neck turned. The bird's beak is a brilliant shade of orange. There is a poem titled, "I Think Continuously of Those Who Were Truly Great." below the dove, and names of various people above the dove. The poem was written by Stephen Spender.
annotated "left to right Shorty Goff, Harvey Goff + Deb Goff" in ink, verso
7.62 x 12.7 cm (3 x 5 in.)
Three men seated on a bench. The man in the center is in a sailor's uniform, the man on the left in a suit and hat and the man on the right in a suit jacket, shirt and overalls. They are all posing for the camera.
The right two-thirds of the image is filled with tree foliage from 6 distinguishable trees. One of those trees is on the far right edge separated from the others with faint drawing of a church-like structure in between them. Two figures sit in the lower left side of the image, one of them has arm outstretched towards the trees and buildings.
Landscape (presumably in Italy), with a small distant city visible through the trees at the right side of the print. Two observers sit in a field on the left and one of them points towards the city to the right.
Black knit skirt. The bottom of the skirt has a border of, designed in red, words that read Bring the War Home Power to the People, with a line of stylized marching figures underneath, and a thin line of white at the skirt's hem.
A nude, muscular man, seen from behind, leans upon his left leg, which is propped on a rock. He grasps a stick for support with his left hand, while bending his torso to the right and looking downward. The lighting and colors vaguely suggest an outdoor environment.
By producing such finely painted studies of nudes, Ubaldo and Gaetano Gandolfi, the leading artists of eighteenth-century Bologna, perfected their skills at representing human anatomy. The brothers and their followers produced many similar paintings and numerous drawn studies of nudes as a fundamental part of their artistic training and practice. Here the model holds a complex pose that balances his body in tension. Undoubtedly painted in a studio, the props that the model uses for support are transformed into a rock and a stick while the walls of the studio are dissolved into a hazy outdoor setting.
A group of young children in Cuba. The title states that they have been let out for recess, and the children are smiling and running out of the school as well as waving their arms, possibly at the photographer.
Purple silk damask with hitome kanoko floral design in graduated scale, from small at collar to large at hem. Lining is plain white silk at the top, the lower third and sleeve ends are purple.
This kimono required a labor intensive technique called shibori, in which hundreds of hours would have been spent tying up each small section where white can be seen on the kimono before immersing it in dye. Shibori textiles are very expensive due to the time and skill required to produce them.