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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

Display Cards



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Collection Overview

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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


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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

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