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Two Sections of Chinese Fresco Newly Acquired

Belonging to the Great Kuan Yin Wall

By: Helen E. Fernald

Volume XX / Number 2

TWO more portions of the huge wall painting from Yüeh Shan Ssŭ, near Ch’ing Hua Chen, have recently been acquired by the UNIVERSITY MUSEUM and are now reunited with the rest of the Kuan Yin wall, to which they both belong. The major part of this huge fresco was purchased in 1926 and was published […]


Ladies of the Court

An Early Chinese Scroll Painting

By: Helen E Fernald

Volume XIX / Number 4

THE MUSEUM has possessed for some years a Chinese scroll painting which professes to be by the hand of the famous Chou Wēn Chü, an artist of the last half of the tenth century A.D. This painting is five and a half feet long—it was originally much longer—and is followed by an inscription of two […]


The T. Broom Belfield Collection of Japanese Netsuké

By: Helen E. Fernald

Volume XIX / Number 3

FOR flights of pure fun and fancy there is no field of art more prolific than that of the Japanese netsuké. The recent gift to the MUSEUM of an extensive collection of these delightful small carvings in ivory and wood, and their exhibition in Pepper Hall, have been a source of keen enjoyment to many […]


Another Fresco from Moon Hill Monastery

By: Helen E. Fernald

Volume XIX / Number 2

JUST north of the Yellow River and crossing nearly at right angles the main trunk line from Peking to Hankow is a short branch of railroad connecting Tao K’ou Chên on the River Wei with the town of Ch’ing Hua Chên in Honan Province. Ch’ing Hua Chên lies about twenty miles away from the Hoang […]


The George Byron Gordon Memorial Collection

By: Helen E. Fernald

Volume XIX / Number 1

MR. ELDRIDGE R. JOHNSON has recently presented to the Museum in memory of Dr. George Byron Gordon, its late Director, a magnificent collection of Chinese carvings in jade, lapis lazuli, and coral, a large crystal sphere of international fame, and a number of other Chinese works of art of great interest and value. The collection […]


A Chinese Buddhistic Statue in Dry Lacquer

By: Helen E. Fernald

Volume XVIII / Number 3

ONE of the most striking objects in the Chinese collections of the Museum is the strange statue of a Buddha, or a disciple of Buddha, executed in what is known as “dry lacquer.” The material of which it is made is unusual enough in itself to arouse interest, but the pose and expression of this […]


Two Colossal Stone Chimeras from a Chinese Tomb

By: Helen E. Fernald

Volume XVIII / Number 2

A FEW years ago the attention of archaeologists was called to the remains of an old cemetery about six miles south of the city of Nanking where rulers of the Southern dynasties of Sung, Ch’i, Liang, and Ch’en had been buried in the fifth and sixth centuries A.D. The tomb mounds themselves had disappeared for […]


A Note on the Chinese Stela of 551 A.D.

By: Helen E. Fernald

Volume XVIII / Number 1

THIS stela was published in the MUSEUM JOURNAL for March, 1923. At that time the scene represented in relief in the top recess under the dragons was described but no attempt was made to identify it. The tablet has since been published in two works on Chinese sculpture but, although the scenes on the sides […]


Ancient Chinese Musical Instruments

As Depicted On Some Of The Early Monuments In The Museum

By: Helen E. Fernald

Volume XVII / Number 4

Illustrations by the Author* Among the Chinese collections of the University Museum there are a number of figures representing musicians with their instruments in their hands. Some of these are in bas relief carved on the stone sculptures, notably the Wei votive stelae, where bands of celestial music makers appear above the niches. Others are […]


Chinese Frescoes Of The T’ang Dynasty In The Museum

618-906 A. D.

By: Helen E. Fernald

Volume XVII / Number 3

The Museum has recently acquired three colossal Chinese frescoes which, we may state without exaggeration, are among the most important works of art that have ever come out of China. Artistically they are amazing in the grandeur of their conception, the power and rhythm of their line design and the glorious subdued harmony of their […]