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Kessler Collection

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Pottery

Tapestries

Images - Faces of Tibet

Books

Poster on Kessler Collection

Posters for Indonesian IKAT Weaving

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Collection Overview

Title: Kessler CollectionAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: MS/107

Extent: 5.0 Artifact

Date Acquired: 02/25/2011. More info below under Accruals.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Charles and Jeannette Kessler donated 140 items, from antique Ban Chiang pottery, antique textiles to Tibetian photographs. Jeannette Kessler was an avid collector of antique textiles.  Some pieces she bought to show and some she had made into clothes.  In all over 60 textiles from South East Asia are part of this collection.

Charles Kessler made several trips to Tibet in 1999 and 2000.  Kessler, an amateur photographer, was fascinated by the people he met there and created a photography exhibit, “Faces of Tibet” which has been exhibited in galleries previously.  These are 67 images from that exhibit that are part of this collection.  The photographs were taken with a LeichaM6 Camera on his travels.

 

Digitized Images: Faces of TibetTapestries, and misc photos.

Administrative Information

Repository: Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections

Accruals:

A folder entitled Ban Chiang Pottery, Kessler Collection is in the Director's office.  It contains recipts and certificates of authenticity for the Ban chiang pottery found in the Kessler Collection.  Articles about the legal issues surrounding Ban Chiang Pottery are also in the folder. Photographs of the pottery are there.

Reciepts for two pieces of tapestry (framed on 1st floor Odum Library) with valuations are in a folder titled Kessler Tapestry Appraisals Reports, Info.  There are also articles about each type of tapestry.  The folder is in the Director's office.

Folder with signed deeds of gift, correspondence, and obituary for C. Kessler in a folder titled Kessler Collection, Obit, correspondence etc. deed of gift is in folder in director's office.  Contains contact information.

Folder titled Kessler Collection(copied from file returned to Mrs. Kessler) contains reciepts, appraisals and photographs of textiles in the collection.  There is also a paperback book "Ban Chiang: Art and Prehistory of Northeast Thailand" in the folder.

There is a folder entitler "Faces of Tibet" Kessler collection which contains an artists statement and technical data of the photographs.  There is also an envelope with framable prints of two photographs from Faces of Tibet.  These are in the director's office.

Acquisition Source: Jeanette G. Kessler

Acquisition Method: signed deeds of gift, one 2/25/2011 and one 7/8/2011 for items in the Kessler Collection

Appraisal Information:

1 PC Kain Tompan Kalianda from Sumatra, over 100 years old.  1 Guinsing Red from Tanganan Bali, over 90 years old. 3 Ban Chiang Vases ranging from 1650 to 3000 years old.

9 books, 1 trunk of Indonesian weavings, items form Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, Mynamar

Other Note: Digitized Images: Faces of Tibet


Box and Folder Listing


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Series 1: PotteryAdd to your cart.
Box 1: Ban Chiang Pottery -- 1Add to your cart.
Box 2: Ban Chiang Pottery -- 2Add to your cart.
Box 3: Ban Chiang Pottery--3Add to your cart.
Series 2: TapestriesAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Indonesia Ceremonial Wrap, Possible 18/19th CenturyAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Bali, Tenganan Pageringsingan, The 'Bebali' cotton cloth textile is worked in the geringsing-double ikat pattern, the fine warp tan-cotton base, dyed and embroidered in muted colors of brown, red and black of central concave square, or star medallion, reflecting on the end panels, the field with repeating rows of stylized seated figures about two foliate bands; The end 'guards' with repeating diamond geometric bands terminating with fringe edges, 20.75 x 76 inches.
Item 2: Indonesian 'Tampan' Ceremonial Cloth, Circa 19th CenturyAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Sumatra, Lampong region, The cotton cloth woven in primary colors of red and black with upper and lower stylized flower friezes, the field worked with lower section of large ship's hull, viewed with numerous figures below V and X shaped masts, and flanked by multiply oars; The upper section worked in a mirror design of boxes, figures and two ship's hulls, the whole interrupted by geometric motifs, 28.5 x 31 inches.
Item B-1: Double Ikat GerinsingAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
This tapestry is known as a Double Ikat Gerinsing and has a 6 motif pattern, the item was purchased April 11, 1994 at the Indigo Art Shop in Tenganan Village, Bali.
Item B-3: Silk IkatAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
A silk Ikat purchased from Daeng Iskander, Bali on April 13, 1994. It was 70+ years old at the time of purchase.
Item C-1: Cambodia SilkAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
A silk piece purchased May 1, 1994 from Anna Antiques Thai Co., Bangkok. It was 60+ years old at the time of purchase.
Item C-2: Man's Pantaloon, SilkAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
A Man's Silk Pantaloon purchased May 1, 1994 from Anna Antiques Thai Co., Bangkok. 60+ years old at the time of purchase.
Item C-3: Silk Ikat SarongAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
A Cambodian Silk Ikat Sarong purchased May 1, 1994 at the Anna Antiques Thai Co., Bangkok. At the time of purchase the piece was 50 years old.
Item F-1: Blanket from Lio Village of NggelaAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
A blanket from the Lio Village of Nggela, purchased April 12, 1994 from Daeng Iskander. At the time of purchase the blanket was 80+ years.
Item J-1: Kain Panjang Batik-CirebonAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Purchased at Djody Antiques in Jakarta on May 6, 1994, the piece is known as a Batik. At the time of purchase it was 80 years old.
Item J-2: Kain Panjang Batik-CirebonAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Purchased from Djody Antiques, Jakarta. At the time of purchase, June 25, 1992, the tapestry was 80 years old.
Item J-3: Hoko-Kai BatikAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Known as a Hoko-Kai Batik, this piece was purchased at Eiko Adnan Kusuma. When it was purchased it was 50 years old.
Item J-4: Chinese Lady's BatikAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Purchased on September 27, 1994 from Eiko Adnan Kusuma in Jakarta. It was manufactured between 1935 and 1942.
Item J-5: Kain Panjang Batik-JogaAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Purchased on June 25, 1992, this Batik was 60 years old.
Item K-1: Vidang - Chest ClothAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Chest Cloth purchased April 13, 1994 from Daeng Iskander, at which time it was 50+ years old.
Item L-2: Diamond in Center Avoids Evil EyeAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Purchased at a market in Xieng Khoung, the diamond in the middle is believed to be able to protect someone from the evil eye. At the time of purchase it was 50 years old.
Item L-3: Weaving and EmbroideryAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
An example of weaving and embroidery styles from Laos.
Item L-4: Weaving and EmbroideryAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Purchased on April 23, 1994 at a market in Xieng Khoung.
Item L-5: Traditional CostumeAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Purchased from the Hmong Village of Laos on April 23, 1994.
Item L-6: Traditional Costume - Hmong Hill TribeAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item L-7: Silk Scarf - LaosAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
A silk scarf purchased from Borisoothi Antiques in Chiang Mai. Primary colors are red and gold.
Item L-8: Silk ScarfAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
A silk scarf purchased from Borisoothi Antiques in Chiang Mai on October 10, 1989. Consists of red, gold, black, and pink threads.
Item L-9: Wall Hanging - VientianeAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
A wall hanging purchased June 15, 1993 from a weaving village in Laos.
Item M-1: Silk Ikat SarongAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
A silk ikat sarong that was purchased from Madam THÉ, an Antique house in Yangon. At the time of purchase, April 26, 1994, it was believed to be over a hundred years old.
Item M-2: Shoulder Cloth - MynamarAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Shoulder cloth from Mynamar purchased April 26, 1994. Fifty years old at time of purchase.
Item R-1: Scarf - RaijuaAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Purchased through Daeng Iskander on April 13, 1994, at eighty years old.
Item S-1: King's Sarong with BeadsAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Sumba King's Sarong purchased from Daeng Iskander, Bali. (April 13, 1994) It was five years old at purchase.
Item S-2: Blanket with Natural Indigo DyeAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
A dealer at the Tenganen Village in Bali.
Item S-3: Man's Warp - Ikat Hip ClothAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item S-4: Man's Warp - Ikat Mantle (Hinggi)Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item S-5: Blanket, Handspun CottenAdd to your cart.
Item SA-1: Sarong (Si Hawu) Warp IkatAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item SU-1: Death ShroudAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item T-1: Timor - SarongAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item TH-1: Shoulder SashAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item TH-2: Silk Shoulder Cloth - ThailandAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item TH-3: Silk Shouder Cloth - ThailandAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Series 3: Images - Faces of TibetAdd to your cart.

The following is a note from Charles Kessler on his thoughts behind the Faces of Tibet exhibit.

 

Faces of Tibet

Tibet is a land with spectacular scenery. However, during my visits I found the people of Tibet just as spectacular and chose to concentrate my photography on them. There is only one photograph without people in the exhibit.

In May, 1999 I flew to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, from Chengdu in southwest China. I was not part of a tour group, but through a Chinese travel agency, I had hired a car, driver and guide. As we drove through Tibet, we would stop to photograph people; their faces were fascinating.

In February, 2000 I returned to photograph the people and festivities of the Tibetan New Year. Buddhists came from throughout Tibet to worship at Jokhang Temple, the most sacred temple in Tibet, and other temples in Lhasa. Worshipers stood for hours in the cold and darkness waiting for Jokhang to open. There were long lines at many of the temples throughout the day. I did not see police or soldiers in the vicinity of any temple.

A word about altitude. Lhasa is at 12,100 feet above sea level and much of Tibet is at least that high. On the road to Namtso Lake, we crossed a pass at 16,500 feet. Although the human eye can adjust to the altitude, the camera's film cannot. The brillant blue light must be filtered either by the camera or when the negative is printed.

Prayer flag colors are important to Tibetans and have special meanings:

Red - Fire

Yellow - Earth

Green - Water

Blue - Sky

White - Clouds

I hope that you enjoy looking at the photographs as much as I enjoyed taking them.

-Charles Kessler

 

 

Techincal Data

Camera: Leica M6

Lenses: Leica Summicron f2, 35 mm; Lecia Elmarit f2.8. 90mm

Film: Kodak: Pro 100; Porta 160 and 400VC

Paper: Printed by Naples Custom Photo on Kodak professional paper

Item 1: Robed ManAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 2: Morning Prayer Jokhang TempleAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 3: Prayer WheelAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 4: Prayer QueueAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 5: In Her Sunday BestAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 6: Candle KidsAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 7: Butter Lamp OfferingAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 8: Girl in Yellow JacketAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 9: Burnt OfferingAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 10: Swastika RobeAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 11: No Women InsideAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 12: At the AltarAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 13: Monk Beside AltarAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 14: Three MonksAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 15: Women with CanesAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 16: Prayers and Prayer WheelAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 17: Guy in SweaterAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 18: Bald MonkAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 19: Red Cheek GirlAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 20: Girl with Hat in HandAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 21: Pray Flags and Prayer WheelsAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 22: Praying DogAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 23: Prayer Wheels and GoatsAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 24: Cowboy Hat GirlAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 25: Popcorn and Potala PalaceAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 26: Meat MarketAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 27: Family at the MarketAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 28: Prayer Flag BoothAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 29: Robed WomanAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 30: Barkhor Market VistorAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 31: Grocery AisleAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 32: Vegatable MarketAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 33: Merchant WomanAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 34: A Vendors LunchAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 35: Buddhist CoupleAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 36: Grinning CoupleAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 37: Anyone For TeaAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 38: Rural CoupleAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 39: Prayer Flags and RooftopsAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 40: Preparing for FestivitiesAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 41: GrandmotherAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 42: A Happy ManAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 43: Monastery KitchenAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 44: Woman with BraidsAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 45: Three Stages of PrayerAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 46: A Colorful TrioAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 47: Surprise at LunchAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 48: Smiling BoyAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 49: Young BoyAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 50: Grandfather and GrandsonAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 51: Spinning in the SunAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 52: Woman Herding SheepAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 53: Two SheepherdersAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 54: Girl on BoatAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 55: Village EldersAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 56: SiblingsAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 57: Children of TibetAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 58: Yak PeopleAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 59: Children Beneath Prayer FlagsAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 60: Spices and HerbsAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 61: MountainsAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 62: Women FarmersAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 63: Spinning and WeavingAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 64: Sowing in StyleAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 65: Family FarmingAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 66: Woman with ShovelAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Item 67: Charles Kessler in TibetAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Series 4: BooksAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Printed materials & notesAdd to your cart.
Material relating to textiles, including handwritten notes
Folder 2: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Images of Mrs. Kessler showing off several pieces of weaving.
Book 1: Ban Chiang: Discovery of a Lost Bronze AgeAdd to your cart.
Author Joyce C. White
Book 2: Batik Belanda 1840-1940 Dutch Influence in Batik from Java History and StoriesAdd to your cart.
Author Harmen C. Veldhuisen
Book 3: Batik Fabled Cloth of JavaAdd to your cart.
Author Inger McCabe Elliott
Book 4: Indonesian and Other Asian Textiles: A Common HeritageAdd to your cart.
Book 5: IkatAdd to your cart.

Kate Fitz Gibbon & Andrew Hale

Splendid Silks of Central Asia: The Guido Goldman Collection

Book 6: IndonesiaAdd to your cart.
Insight guides - hotel room edition
Book 7: Indonesian TextilesAdd to your cart.
Author Michael Hitchcock
Book 8: Textiles in BaliAdd to your cart.
Authors Brigitta Hauser-Schäublin, Marie-Louise Nabholz-Kartaschoff & Urs Ramseyer
Book 9: The Art of Indonesian TextilesAdd to your cart.
The E.M. Bakwin Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago
Item 1: Poster on Kessler CollectionAdd to your cart.
Poster of Charles and Jeannette Kessler with infromation about them and their collection. Quantity: 2
Item 2: Posters for Indonesian IKAT WeavingAdd to your cart.
Poster for the Kessler Collection explaing Indonesian IKAT Weaving. One tells about common patterns seen in the weaving and the meaning behind them. The other explains how the weaving is done and its function in their society.
Item 3: Display CardsAdd to your cart.
Informative cards to be displayed with some of the photographs in the Kessler Collection explaing the subject of the photograph.

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