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A Statuette Of Vishnu From Kashmir

By: Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

Volume XVII / Number 1

The Museum of the University of Pennsylvania is the fortunate possessor of a very finely sculptured and well preserved statuette of Vishnu. The figure, which can be closely dated and placed, is of stone, eight and three quarter inches in height. The deity, standing on a simple pedestal, wears a thin muslin dhoti and a […]


Some Chinese Grave Figures

By: Helen E. Fernald

Volume XVII / Number 1

I Introduction Mention was made in a recent article in THE MUSEUM JOURNAL1 of some Chinese grave figurines which have been in the possession of the Museum for several years. Many of them have not hitherto been published and in view of the fact that a number of archaeologists have started investigations in this particular […]


Three Ming Pottery Figures

By: Helen E. Fernald

Volume XVII / Number 1

Vistors to the University Museum have noticed for some time past a group of three pottery statuettes in the Chinese section. The sturdy proportions of these figures and their vigour of modelling holds the attention, while the eye is delighted with the magnificence of the coloured glazes which they display. They are ornaments pure and […]


Mortuary Figures Of The T’ang Dynasty

By: Helen E. Fernald

Volume XVI / Number 3

On May 22, 1925, there was opened to invited guests of the Museum an Exhibition of Chinese Art which included many examples of painting, sculpture, bronzes, and pottery not hitherto seen in this country. Charles Custis Harrison Hall was entirely rearranged and the new objects placed not only so that their own beauty could be […]


Gandhara Sculpture

Volume XV / Number 4

Among its more recent acquisitions, the Museum is fortunate in having a group of the Graeco-Buddhist sculpture found in the Northwest of India and known as Gandhara. It represents the Greek Invasion of India following Alexander’s campaign in 328-324 B. c. The art of Greece took hold of the ideas and manners of Buddhism and […]


Chinese Sculpture Recently Acquired

Volume XV / Number 4

A number of important pieces of Chinese sculpture accumulated during the last two years deserve special mention, though at this time no attempt at an extended treatment can be made. They are published here that they may be allowed to speak for themselves. At a later time we may hope to follow this publication with […]


A Fine Chinese Stela in the Museum

By: George Byron Gordon

Volume XIV / Number 1

The votive stela recently acquired by the Museum is one of exceptional interest and importance. Its outline and proportions are dignified and pleasing and the sculpture on the front attains high rank as a work of art. The dimensions are 39 inches by 20 inches by 11 inches. The style of the carving is that […]


Shantung, China’s Holy Land

By: C. W. Bishop

Volume XII / Number 2

Not chance alone has brought Shantung, instead of some other of China’s Eighteen Provinces, to the fore at the late Peace Conference. Since prehistoric times the region has been a pivotal one, exerting decisive influence upon the cultural development and the political destiny of all northern China. There, thanks no doubt to its fertility and […]


The Horses of T’ang T’ai-Tsung

By: C. W. Bishop

Volume IX / Number 3-4

Of the Antecedents of the Chinese Horse Before attempting to describe the series of reliefs so widely known as the Horses of Tang T’ai-tsung, two of which are now in the University Museum, it will be desirable to say something about the prominent part which the horse has played since the earliest times in the […]


Recent Accessions Of Chinese Sculpture

By: C. W. Bishop

Volume IX / Number 2

It is becoming steadily more evident as archæological study progresses that advancement in the arts of civilized life is as a rule the offspring of the energy liberated by the impact of one culture upon another. We know now that at least two peoples had a part in the dim prehistoric beginnings of ancient Egypt. […]