Pottery head
Red earthenware head of civilian official on a European wooden stand. Upper part of the hat may not be original. From a tomb in Northern China, dating from 618 to 705. (height 170mm)
1991.1107
Papercut
Roundel shows four dragons, with a red and gold seal below. Made by folding the paper into quarters and then cutting. Bought from an exhibition of papercuts by Wang YanChang at Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum. From Weihai, Shandong Province, China, 1999. (height 785mm)
2000.283
Woman's shoes
Pair of Han Chinese shoes for bound feet, made of hand-stitched painted glazed cotton and woven silk ribbon. Ch'ing Dynasty, about 19th century. Foot binding was practised among some of the wealthier Han people of Northern China between the 10th and early 20th centuries. Young girls' toes were turned under and tightly bandaged, which kept the foot from growing. This caused great pain and made walking difficult. Bound or 'lily' feet were considered very attractive, and women with bound feet wore 'lotus shoes' such as these, as small as 10cm long.
1926.84.74
Hair ornament
Chinese hair ornaments made from metal with enamel, wire, feather and bead decoration. The vivid turquoise decoration is made from kingfisher feathers. Ch'ing Dynasty, 19th century.
1926.84.81
Woman's shoe
Manchu Chinese shoe, machine-stitched with embroidered silk damask panels in framework of cotton and silk satin. Ch'ing Dynasty, probably late 19th or early 20th century.
1958.58.1
Ear muffs
A pair of Chinese ear muffs made from embroidered satin with a fur trim. Ch'ing Dynasty, dated to the 19th century.
1961.121
Vase
Japanese vase probably made from shibuichi (an alloy principally of tin and silver) engraved with a long-tailed Yokohama cock, using a slanted blade to give a line like that of ink painting. The technique is said to have been invented by the sword-fitting artist Yokoya Somin 1st (1670-1733) of Edo. Around late 19th century.
2002.37
Print
Japanese woodblock print on paper by Kikukawa Eizan. Depicts a woman pruning bonsai trees. Woodblock art developed through the 18th and 19th centuries in Edo (Tokyo) and helped to popularise the kabuki theatre, the fashion trade and landscapes. (343 x 230mm)
1989.1008
Print
Japanese woodblock print on paper by Isodo Koryusai. Depicts two women dressing. Woodblock art developed through the 18th and 19th centuries in Edo (Tokyo) and helped to popularise the kabuki theatre, the fashion trade and landscapes. (318 x 213mm)
1989.1009
Print
Japanese woodblock print on paper by Kikukawa Eizan. Depicts a woman in the rain with a closed parasol in her hand. Woodblock art developed through the 18th and 19th centuries in Edo (Tokyo) and helped to popularise the kabuki theatre, the fashion trade and landscapes. (350 x 230mm)
1989.1006
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