Two Chinese men use the abacus to calculate for their business. "The abacus was one of the earliest aids to calculation." -Hill, 1921

Chinese Abacus

Two Chinese men use the abacus to calculate for their business. "The abacus was one of the earliest…

"Aulostoma chinense."-Whitney, 1902.

Aulostoma

"Aulostoma chinense."-Whitney, 1902.

Scene from "The Boasting Bamboo."

Bamboo

Scene from "The Boasting Bamboo."

Chinese bedstead.

Chinese Bedstead

Chinese bedstead.

This Chinese bottle is made out of blue porcelain. It has a bag-like bottom and neck with a ribbon in the middle.

Chinese Bottle

This Chinese bottle is made out of blue porcelain. It has a bag-like bottom and neck with a ribbon in…

A representation of Brahma. Brahma is the Hindu God of creation.

Brahma

A representation of Brahma. Brahma is the Hindu God of creation.

This brooch is made out of brass and is used by Chinese women to fasten on their plaid shawls over their shoulders.

Brooch

This brooch is made out of brass and is used by Chinese women to fasten on their plaid shawls over their…

(1823-1901) Chinese dignitary and statesman

Li Hung Chang

(1823-1901) Chinese dignitary and statesman

"Another [Chinese] stringed instrument is the Se, (also written Che), which had originally 50 strings. as now used, it has only 25 strings. Four kinds are in use, differing in size and in number of strings. It is customary that they should give the sound of two notes simultaneously, generally octaves. Some of these, used by the most skillful performers, have only 13 or 14 strings. The strings are plucked by two small ivory picks." --Baltzell, 1905

Che

"Another [Chinese] stringed instrument is the Se, (also written Che), which had originally 50 strings.…

Group of Chinese people, Mandarin, Lady, Boy, Female Attendant, Soldier and Bird's-nest Seller.

China, (People)

Group of Chinese people, Mandarin, Lady, Boy, Female Attendant, Soldier and Bird's-nest Seller.

"A rude form of the compass used by early Chinese sailors. The little wooden figure was set on a pivot, and in the outstretched arm was placed a bar of magnetized iron."—Myers, 1905

Chinese Magnet Figure

"A rude form of the compass used by early Chinese sailors. The little wooden figure was set on a pivot,…

A Chippendale-style chair with a Chinese design.

Chippendale Chinese Chair 1

A Chippendale-style chair with a Chinese design.

An armchair designed by Thomas Chippendale, with a Chinese style.

Chippendale Chinese Chair 2

An armchair designed by Thomas Chippendale, with a Chinese style.

A chow-chow, a domesticated dog that was imported from China.

Chow-chow

A chow-chow, a domesticated dog that was imported from China.

An eskimo and chinese children

Cultural Children

An eskimo and chinese children

The Mandarin duck, also known as the Chinese teal and the fan-tail duck, is domesticated in China and Japan.

Mandarin Duck

The Mandarin duck, also known as the Chinese teal and the fan-tail duck, is domesticated in China and…

The Chinese enamel pattern is a design that uses metal fillets that are filled with pulverized colored glass paste.

Chinese Enamel Pattern

The Chinese enamel pattern is a design that uses metal fillets that are filled with pulverized colored…

The Chinese enamel pattern is a design that uses metal fillets that are filled with pulverized colored glass paste.

Chinese Enamel Pattern

The Chinese enamel pattern is a design that uses metal fillets that are filled with pulverized colored…

A large, circular Chinese encampment.

Chinese encampment

A large, circular Chinese encampment.

Also known as Platycodon gradiflorus and Chinese Bellflower. This flower bears large blue flowers.

Balloon Flower

Also known as Platycodon gradiflorus and Chinese Bellflower. This flower bears large blue flowers.

This Chinese flower-vase is made out of cloison enamel.

Chinese Flower-Vase

This Chinese flower-vase is made out of cloison enamel.

A representation of Ganesa. Ganesa is one of the best-known deities in the Hindu pantheon. Ganesa's elephant makes him easy to identify.

Ganesa, Hindu God

A representation of Ganesa. Ganesa is one of the best-known deities in the Hindu pantheon. Ganesa's…

A representation of Kali, a Hindu goddess of death and destruction.

Kali, Hindu Goddess

A representation of Kali, a Hindu goddess of death and destruction.

"The principle of the sound of silk is exemplified in the Kin or Ch'in, made of twisted silk being stretched over a wooden frame. The number of strings was five, to agree with the five elements; the upper part was rounded, to represent the heavens; the bottom was flat, to represent the ground. The number of strings was later increased to seven, which is the favored form, tuned to G, A, C, D, E, G, A, a pentatonic scale." --Baltzell, 1905

Kin

"The principle of the sound of silk is exemplified in the Kin or Ch'in, made of twisted silk being stretched…

A representation of Kristna, a Buddhist Goddess.

Kristna

A representation of Kristna, a Buddhist Goddess.

Chinese image of Kuan-yin. Kuan-yin or Guanyin is know as he Chinese Bodhisattva of Compassion.

Kuan-yin

Chinese image of Kuan-yin. Kuan-yin or Guanyin is know as he Chinese Bodhisattva of Compassion.

in early development of race, the Mongolian type consistent of Kalmucks, Chinese, and Amerindians.

Early Races, Mongolian

in early development of race, the Mongolian type consistent of Kalmucks, Chinese, and Amerindians.

One of the most important musical instruments in use among the Chinese, one that is indispensable to their temple ritual, is the Sheng. This instrument is the representative of the gourd principle; originally the bowl was formed from a portion of a gourd or a calabash, the top being covered by a circular piece of wood with holes around the margin in which the pipes, seventeen in number, are fixed. In the side of the gourd is placed a mouthpiece or tube covered with ivory, through which the player <em>draws</em> his breath. Each pipe is fitted with a small free reed of copper. A small hole is made in each pipe just above the bowl, which prevents a pipe from speaking when the air is drawn in by the player, unless the hole is closed by a finger. --Baltzell, 1905

Sheng

One of the most important musical instruments in use among the Chinese, one that is indispensable to…

A representation of Siva or Shiva. Shiva is one of the principal deities of hinduism.

Siva

A representation of Siva or Shiva. Shiva is one of the principal deities of hinduism.

The Chinese Garden Seat Stool introduced from China. This stool was made of burned and glazed clay.

Chinese Garden Seat Stool

The Chinese Garden Seat Stool introduced from China. This stool was made of burned and glazed clay.

"Tibeto-Chinese coinage ("Kieniang, 58th year," i.e. 1793 A.D.)" &mdash;The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910

Tibet Coin

"Tibeto-Chinese coinage ("Kieniang, 58th year," i.e. 1793 A.D.)" —The Encyclopedia Britannica,…

"A Vase is a vessel of various forms and materials, applied to the purposes of domestic life, sacrificial uses, etc. They were often used merely for ornament, or were at least primarily ornamental in character and design. The antique vases found in great numbers in ancient tombs and catacombs in Etruria, Southern Italy, Greece, Sicily, etc., and used to contain the ashes of the dead, were for the most part made of baked clay, painted and glazed. Rare Chinese and Japanese vases are highly prized, and $20,000 has been paid for one vase at auction in New York."&mdash;(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

Chinese, Japanese and Indian Vases

"A Vase is a vessel of various forms and materials, applied to the purposes of domestic life, sacrificial…

A representation of Vishnu, also known as Narayana. Vishnu is a supreme being.

Vishnu

A representation of Vishnu, also known as Narayana. Vishnu is a supreme being.

Commandeered Chinese wheelbarrow train.

Wheelbarrow Train

Commandeered Chinese wheelbarrow train.