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A contemporary example of an Ainu robe

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The outer robes are woven from bark. All are appliqued and embroidered.

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Collection Librarian: Amy Bryant. Please send comments or content corrections to Michael Thiedeman, Professor of Art, Earlham College, Richmond, IN 47374 USA. email address thiedmi@earlham.edu

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Salmon skin pieced coat, applique bonet

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'An Ainu backstrap weaver, working with bark fiber, at the Noribetsu Ainu Museum in Hokkaido.'

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Seated Amida Nyorai. Wood with gold leaf. From the temple, Horyuji.

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Driving back to Morioka City (Iwate Prefecture) from an onsen (hot spring) weekend in the Aomori Prefecture.

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As described on the museum label, "According to Hindu mythology, the earth began to sink under the burden of evil or overpopulation, and Vishnu, assuming the form of a boar (Varaha), recovered her from the ocean. This work represents the moment when…

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The museum labels states, "This handsome, well-modeled figure depicts a bodhisattva, an enlightened being who selflessly remains in the cycle of death and rebirth in order to help others attain enlightenment. His relaxed posture is typical of a…

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The museum label reads, "This meditating figure, conveying spiritual strength and solidity, was carved for placement by a shrine or in a monastery. Sitting in the lotus pose with his hands resting in the gesture of meditation, he can be identified…
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