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Register of the E. Mark Bezzant collection of Asian artifacts AR 355Bez

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Collection Overview

Collection Inventory+/-

Biographical Note/Historical Note

Content Description

Collection Use

Administrative Information

Subjects

Collection Overview +/-

Title: E. Mark Bezzant collection of Asian artifacts
Dates: 1426-1949 (inclusive)
Collection Number: AR 355Bez
Summary: This collection consists of mostly Chinese artifacts, as well as some Korean and Japanese coins, collected by E. Mark Bezzant. It includes: opium boxes, Buddha shrines, toothpick boxes, dishes, pots, boxes, an incense censor, a porcelain flute, and silver coins.
Repository: George Sutherland Archives at Utah Valley University

Collection Inventory +/-

series: opium boxes (circa 1662-1723)

Series contains four Chinese opium boxes presumed to be from the Qing Dynasty, Kangxi Reign.

item: wood and ivory opium box (circa 1662-1723)
item: four horn wood and ivory opium box (circa 1662-1723)
item: octagonal wood and ivory opium box (circa 1662-1723)
item: curved ceramic opium box (circa 1662-1723)
series: Buddha shrines (circa 1662-1795)

Series contains two small Chinese Buddha shrines presumed to be from the Qing Dynasty, Kangxi and Qianlong Reigns.

item: pocket shrine (circa 1662-1723 )
item: hinged Buddha shrine (circa 1737-1795 )
series: toothpick boxes (circa 1737-1795)

Series contains two Chinese toothpick boxes, one of which is presumed to be from the Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Reign.

item: porcelain toothpick box (circa 1737-1795)
item: ivory toothpick box (undated)

Romanization and explanation of Chinese poem on box: chuang qian ming yue guang yi shi di shang shuang tai tou wang ming ye di tou si gu xiang (The moonlight glistens in front of my bed. I thought it was the frost on the ground. I lift my gaze to view the shimmering moon, Then lower my head, and miss my homeland.)

series: dishes, pots, and boxes (circa 1573-1795)

Series contains Chinese dishes, pots, and boxes presumed to be from the Ming and Qing Dynasties; Wanli, Yongzheng, and Qianlong Reigns.

item: porcelain bowl (circa 1662-1723 )
item: round box with lid (circa 1723-1736)
item: nesting boxes (circa 1662-1723)
item: cylinder pot (circa 1737-1795 )
item: incense censor (circa 1426-1435 )

Series contains a Chinese incense censor presumed to be from the Ming Dynasty, Xuande Reign.

item: porcelain flute (circa 1573-1619 )

Series contains a Chinese porcelain flute presumed to be from the Ming Dynasty, Wanli Reign.

series: silver coins (circa 1866/1930)

Series contains Chinese, Japanese, and Korean silver coins.

item: Republic of China Sun Zhong Shan silver dollar (circa 1930)

Romanization and explanation of Chinese on coin: zhang hua min guo (country) shi ba nian (year 18) sun, zhong shan (personal name for Sun Yat-sen who became president in 1912)

item: Korean five Yang silver coin (circa 1892-1902)
item: Korean five Yang silver coin (circa 1892-1902)
item: Japanese one Yen silver coin (circa 1892-1902)
item: Lu Rong Ting silver coin (circa 1917)

Romanization and explanation of Chinese on coin: guang xi (region) zhang hua min gao (country) du du (job title) lu rong ting (personal name) (gift) wu nain (5 year)

item: Republic of China silver coin (undated)
item: Republic of China silver commemorative coin (circa 1912-1928)

Romanization and explanation of Chinese on coin: ji nian (commemorative)

item: Republic of China silver commemorative coin (circa 1912-1928)

Romanization and explanation of Chinese on coin: ji nian (commemorative)

item: silver coin, soldier’s pay (undated)

Romanization of Chinese on coin: zhang zhou jun xiang

item: Republic of China silver commemorative coin (circa 1912-1928)

Romanization and explanation of Chinese on coin: ji nian (commemorative)

item: Chinese silver dragon coin, one ounce, soldier’s pay (undated)

Romanization and explanation of Chinese on coin: yi (one) liang (ounce) xiang (soldier’s pay) yin (relating to money/silver)

item: Chinese hammer and sickle silver dollar, Soviet made (undated)

Romanization and explanation of Chinese on coin: zhong guo (China) su wei ai (Soviet) zao (made) yi yuan (one dollar)

item: Hong Kong silver dollar, Queen Victoria (1866)
item: Republic of China Li Yuan Hong silver dollar (circa 1912)

Romanization and explanation of Chinese on coin: zhong hua min gao (country) kai guo ji nian bi (commemorative coin) li yuan hong (personal name)

item: Republic of China Li Yun Hong silver coin, commemorative (circa 1912-1928)

Romanization and explanation of Chinese on coin: da zong tong xiao xiang (president/governing general portrait) kai guo ji nian (commemorative coin) li yuan hong (personal name)

item: Republic of China Yuan Shih Kai silver Dollar, same both sides (circa 1914)

Romanization and explanation of Chinese on coin: zhang hua min guo (country) jin niam zao (9th year made) yuan shi kai (personal name)

Biographical Note/Historical Note +/-

Dr. E. Mark Bezzant began his work in education long before he was member of the Utah Valley State College faculty. After graduating from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and a Secondary Teaching Certificate, he began work as a Debate, Economics, and Law teacher at Pleasant Grove High School for about seven years. In 1982, he changed focus and became a school counselor for the high school. He later served as the principal for North Sanpete High School for two years. He started his career at Utah Valley State College in 1991, where over the next eighteen years he held five different positions at the school. These positions included: Director of the Utah Valley State College School, College and University Partnership; Executive Director of the Utah Valley State College School, College and University Partnership; Executive Director of Utah Valley State College Strategic Planning and Institutional Research; Assistant Vice President of Utah Valley State College Strategic Planning, Institutional Research, Institutional Effectiveness, School, College and University Partnerships, and Student Services; and Utah Valley State College Assistant Vice President and Assistant to the President for School, College and University Partnerships. He was able to earn his Masters Degree in Educational Administration and his Doctorate Degree in Educational History and Reform from Brigham Young University while working at Utah Valley State College. He also took an interest in the history of the school. He began to collect papers and photographs that were of significance to the school and to interview faculty and staff that played a major role in the school’s history. By the time he retired, he was commonly known as the unofficial historian of the school.

Content Description +/-

collection consists of mostly Chinese artifacts, as well as some Korean and Japanese coins, collected by E. Mark Bezzant. It includes: opium boxes, Buddha shrines, toothpick boxes, dishes, pots, boxes, an incense censor, a porcelain flute, and silver coins.

Collection Use +/-

Restrictions on Access:

Access to the collection is open with assistance from the archivist or staff.

Restrictions on Use:

Open for Research. Copyright for Official University records is held by Utah Valley University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Administrative Information +/-

Arrangement:

This collection consists of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean artifacts collected by E. Mark Bezzant. It includes: opium boxes, Buddha shrines, toothpick boxes, dishes, pots, boxes, an incense censor, a porcelain flute, and silver coins.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of E. Mark Bezzant

Creator:

Bezzant, E. Mark

Language:

Chinese

Sponsor:

none

Quantity:

4 Linear feet; 4 oversized boxes

Quantity:

4 Linear feet; 4 oversize boxes

Language of the Finding Aid:

English

Author of the Finding Aid:

Finding aid prepared by Aimee Bastarache, Assistant Archivist

EAD Creation Date:

28 March 2011

Standard:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Related Material:

AR 152.5 E. Mark Bezzant collection

Subjects +/-

Subject Terms:

Buddha
Coins, Chinese
Coins, Japanese
Coins, Korean
Flute
Incense burners and containers
Toothpick holders

Geographical Names:

China--Antiquities

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