Second Floor. BERLIN. Section. 5. 131
Japanese standard in the shape of a carp. On the wall of the left
staircase and in the adjoining corridor are imitations of Siamese
carving from the temple at Angkor. — Rooms I-IV (beginning on
the left) are closed at present.
Room I. Collections from Hindustan: models of buildings and
native types; technical groups. To the left, theatrical costumes,
wood and ivory carvings (Cab. 12 and by Cab. 10 a); to the right
miniatures (in front of Cab. 22), embroidery (Cab. 24), Greeco-
Buddhist sculptures, paintings, and manuscripts from Chinese
Turkestan. In an anteroom (adjacent to the left) are objects from
Bokhara. — Room II. Himalaya, and Brahmapootra Districts.
Room III. Indo-China: in front and to the right, Burma, to
the right the Nicohar and Andaman Islands, at the back Malacca,
and to the left, Siam and the Eastern. Islands. Front wall: tiles
with reliefs of mythological scenes, from Pagan, the capital of the
early Burmese kings, destroyed in the 13th century. On the right,
objects relating to the cult of Buddhism as practised in S. Asia.
Behind, models of Malayan boats. On the left by the windows,
figures for shadow-pantomimes from Siam.
Room IV. Indonesia, or Malay Archipelago, originally affected
by the civilization of Hindustan. To the left, Sumatra and Biyrueo ;
behind, Java, which was the chief centre of the Indian influence
until 1500 when Islam was introduced. To the right are the E.
Malay Islands. — Costume - figures of head-hunters of Borneo
(Cab. 69 & 71): old Javanese carvings; Javanese shadow-plays
(scenes from the ancient heroic myths) and puppet shows. Tutelary
deities of villages; ancestral figures, and matauka-figures or magic
amulets against thieves (Cab. 88).
Room V. Indonesia (continued). Most of the exhibits here have
been collected from Timor, the Moluccas, Celebes, the Sulu Is¬
lands, and the Philippine Islands. — In a space partitioned off,
Lamaism as practised in Tibet, the chief seat of this N. form of
Buddhism. At the back, Chinese shrine and altar of the goddess
of small-pox and (in the passage to R. VII) model of the temple of
Room VI. Fishing in China, and Japan.
Room VII. China (in the first part of the room). Numerous
model figures. Fine collection of objects illustrating the Chinese
religion (Lamaism and Foism practised in the S. and centre of the
country, but more especially Taoism, the religion of the people);
figures of gods and genii (to the left, large Taoistic collection),
paintings from temples, altar utensils, reliquaries. Wearing ap¬
parel, pottery and porcelain, and valuable carvings in jade, agate, etc.
— Japan (second half of the room). Numerous idols. To the right,
gala-costumes; interesting paintings; those in Desk-Case 181 (by
the window) relate to foreign countries; gigantic drum for religious