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The actual exhibition will comprise some very rare sculptures, principally one stella with a standing Maitreya in the center and two Bodhisatt'va attendants. It has a very refined floral decoration on the side of the halo, dated A.D. 505 and the inscriptions show that it was subscribed for by eighty donors in Tachang village, Honan Province, to inaugerate a stupa. On the chest of the Buddha is carved the sign of the swastika which is an antique and mystic sign, introduced into India and symbolizing the heart of the Buddha. Also there is a set of the Buddhistic Trinity similar to the famous one in the Boston Museum.

There is a collection of rare bronzes discovered in the 7th tomb in Chin T'sun near Lo-yang, Honan Province. This discovery has been a revolution with regard to the extremely fine quality of both the jade and bronze found there and is published by Bishop William Charles White in his book "Tombs of old Lo-Yang". The inlaid bronzes from this tomb show an extremely fine workmanship of this particular art in which China excels. We have been fortunate enough to have gathered together all the bronze with gold and silver inlay from this tomb and are showing them here after having shown them in the Paris Louvre exhibition last summer.

For the Graeco Buddhic art we have an extremely important head from Afghanistan together with three stone slabs from India representing the life of Buddha. There is also an interesting collection of Sung pottery and Ming and Ching porcelains which we cannot describe in detail.

Of interest also is a collection of ink wash Chinese paintings of orchids, narcissus, bamboo and various landscapes of the 18th Century. These paintings have quality, and despite their age, authorities are beginning to realize that artists of this period have given to China much work of merit and refinement.
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