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TAE MICHIGAN DAILY SUNA'

TS AND LETTERS:
Chinese Excel. in Jade Work

Founder of Music Camp
Retires, Receives Award

By MICHAEL HARRAH
"In no other medium has
3hinese taste and craftsmanship'
xpressed itself as persistently as.
n jade," Milan Mihal, Grad, as-
istant at the University art mu-
eum, said.
"It very nearly epitomizes
Thinese aesthetic feeling," he con-
inued, pointing out early Chi-
1se ceremonial pieces in the
Jniversity's collection.
Among the jades in the collec-
ion there are polished tools and
reapons, which, rather than being
sed for work or hunting, were
Ised strictly during various cere-
nonies.
Highly Polished
There is a very large and heavy
isk or a highly polished, deep
rown clouded jade; there are
eremonial blades, axe heads, dag-
er axe blades, all of jade, many
if primitive shape, serving a simple
unction, and many of intricate
iesign. Much of this jade came
rom the late neolithic and Shang
>eriods of Chinese history.
Included in the collection is a.
notched wheel, about four inches
GOTHIC FILM
SOC IETY
MAEDCHEN
IN UNIFORM
(dir. by Leontine
Sagan, Germany, 1931)?
and
NICE TIME
(British documentary,
1958)
Monday, January 16, at 8 p.m. in
Rackham Amphitheatre. Admission
is only by subscription to the re-
maining 6 programs of the series.
Subscriptions cost $3.00 each. For
information, call NO 2-9359 or
NO 2-6685.
1 ~iNO -641 ;
* ENDING WEDNESDAY *
'HASTWE r
"The story makes
enough suspense to
bring sweat toI
stone foreheads!"

in diameter, with a hole in the
center, and three sloped notches
on the perimeter. Mihal explained
that this disk was used by astro-
nomers to make astronomical
sightings during the Shang period
in the 16th century B.C.
Mihal said that every piece of
worked jade was unique, "for the
individual beauty of the mineral
and the artist's design are blended
into one."
Intricate Craftsmanship
Chinese bronzes are another ex-
ample of intricate craftsmanship,
he said. He pointed out a bronze
ku, a tall vessel used in ceremonies,
which comes in a variety of
shapes.
Mihal indicated the intricate
animal designs on the ku's neck,
saying that the artist fashioned
the animal, in this case a fore-
runner of the lion, to appear in
both profile and head-on view.
lHe called the profile "stylized,"
in that it was only a rugged out-
line. However, when examined
closely, he said, the animal can
be seen from any angle, as though
it were three dimensional, simply
by rotating the vessel.
When viewed from afar, the
animal, although small, appears
to have two bodies, each connected
to the head. This type of design
is known as t'ao t'ieh mask.
Detailed Design
Also of bronze are the early
Chinese mirrors, which are de-
signed in detail on the back, and
highly polished on the front.-Mihal
said that the mirrors weren't
handled often, to keep them shiny,
and even today in Japan, the
practice of covering the mirror not
in use is still kept up.
Along the religious lines, bronze
was used in the fashioning of
statues and statuettes of buddhas
and other figures, including a bod-
hisattva padmapani, 485 A.D., a
buddha who chooses to stay on
earth after his death.
Other objects in the collection
include neolithic pottery, with
swirl designs "much like those
found in the Middle East," in-
tricate ceramic works, including
a designed ceramic pillow, Shang
1000 A.D., which is hollow. Mihal
said that this allowed the user to
put glowing charcoal inside, thus
keeping the pillow warm.
Some of the ceramics, such as
the pillow, are dull-finished, but
.others are highly-polished, such as
the peachbloom glaze on a squat
pastel water bowl.
Much In China
Mihal commented that, though
much of the pottery is still in
China, many pieces had turned up
Auer To Talk
On Reasoning
"In nearly all our daily activity
we consciously and unconsciously
draw conclusions," says Prof. J.
Jeffery Auer, chairman of the
speech department at the Univer-
sity of Indiana.
Prof. Auer will join host N. Edd
Miller of the University speech
department in discussing the pro-
cess and uses of reasoning, some
common reasoning errors, and
ways to prevent them.
Litwalk To Discuss
American Mobility
Prof. Eugene Litwak of the social
work school will discuss "Families
on the Move" at noon today over
WWJ-TV. The program will deal
with the mobility in American life
and its effect on family living.

in Asia, presumably because the
potters themselves had eventually
pulled up stakes and moved south.
Of Chinese paintings, Mihal,
said that they fall into four cata-
gories. the hanging scroll, the
hand scroll, the fan paintinng, and
the small album leaf.
The hanging scrolls are some-
what limited in length by their1
very nature, he said, but the hand
scrolls may stretch out in a con-
tinuous panorama some thirty or
forty feet.
Lotus Flower
He indicated a hanging scroll
which depicted a duck and lotus
flower, and said that it was a1
finger painting, adding that the,
artist had let one fingernail grow
long and then split it, like the
quill of a pen, using his fingernail
then to apply the ink.
The hand scroll on display is
partially a panorama and in part
composed of Chinese charcters
(letters). Mihal said that the
characters are often prized as just
as valuable an art form as the9
panaramas, because of their in-
tricate craftsmanship.
Landscapes Described
Of the album leaf type, Mihal{
indicated eight leaves from a 24
leaf set. The scene described on
each is a landscape, and when
all four panels are set in order
the story of an artist who sets
off to seek his parents slowly
unfolds.
On the way, the artist sets down
in picture from the various scenes
interpreted as he sees them, and
in the last panel he finds his par-
ents and brings them home as
befits their station, by sedan
chair.

Prof. Joseph E. Maddy of the
music school and president and
founder of the National Music
Camp at Interlochen, Mich., re-
ceived a citation last night to
mark his retirement from the mu-
sic school.
The citation, from the Michigan
School Band and Orchestra Asso-
ciation, the music school and ex-
tension service, the Michigan
School Vocal Association, Michi-
gan Music Educators Association
and the Michigan String Teachers
Association was awarded in a din-
ner at the Michigan Union.
Prof. Maddy has be n at the
University for 37 years and plans
to continue working at Interloch-
en. Composer of numerous pieces
Polish Orchestra
To Give Concert
Witold Howicki will conduct the
Warsaw Philharmonic at 8:30
p.m. Wednesday in Hill Auditor-
ium.
The orchestra, which is ap-
pearing in North America for the
first time in commemoration of its
60th anniversary, will present the
sixth concert in the Choral Union
Series.
Orchestras
by
113Bud-Mor
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