Indonesian Buddhas – A Legacy in Stone

Friday, April 28, 2017

The original Buddha, Sakyamuni Gautama, or Gautama Siddhartha, was born in India in the 6th-5th century BCE. Born into a noble family, he left his privileged life to lead the life of a wandering ascetic and thinker. Meditating on the human condition one night while sitting under a Bodi tree, he awoke to find he had realized nirvana, a heavenly state of absolute beatitude and would not be reborn again. He spent the rest of his life as a preacher, his teachings contained in a series of Buddhist documents called the Sutras. Buddha never projected himself as a divine entity or master, demanding from his follower’s only personal attainment through meditation and reflection; the object being to liberate oneself from the endless cycle of birth and rebirth to reach nirvana....

Symbolic Stone – Indian Temple Ornamentation

Saturday, April 22, 2017

As one would expect from any ancient culture, over time India has developed an exceptionally rich architectural heritage. This is evident in famous structures such as the Taj Mahal and the Ajanta Caves, for example; but it also becomes apparent in countless other structures dotting the entire country. Perhaps the greatest contribution of Indian architecture is the spiritual content found in many “buildings,” many unrivaled in their local areas in terms of grandeur and the exhibition of material wealth; and when it comes to such structures none are more memorable than temples. Many, many books are devoted to Indian architecture and to the splendor of Indian temples. The purpose of this blog is not to analyze the different types of temple architecture, but instead, to briefly describe a cross section of the Indian temple ornamentation...

Certified Authentic - The True Nature of Authenticity

Friday, April 07, 2017

In selling distinctive collectibles, art and furnishings from all over the world – both antique and contemporary - the question of authenticity inevitably arises. Historically, at PRIMITIVE, our definition of authentic was simple: authentic meant what we presented was used and/or intended for use by the indigenous people. This was especially true many years ago when our focus was exclusively on unique, culturally significant material. In its original context, authentic meant you would find genuine, real objects and furnishings instead of those made purely for export or tourism....

Indian Bronze Pilgrimage Statues

Friday, March 31, 2017

The history of bronze metal casting in India and Nepal goes back thousands of years and is shrouded in the mist of antiquity. Originally, miniature images of Hindu deities came into existence to fulfill the religious and spiritual needs of local villagers. It is theorized their small size – from 1 ½ to 6 inches in height – came about so they could be carried in a small bag for worship when villagers set out on a pilgrimage or journey, oftentimes to make an offering of the bronze sculpture itself....

Lost in the Depths – Tantric Lingams from the Narmada River

Friday, March 24, 2017

Tantric lingams, also called Banalinga, can only be found at the bottom of the Narmada River in India. Considered one of the seven holy rivers, the Narmada and the lingams found there have been considered sacred objects for thousands of years. Today they are highly sought after collectibles worldwide but are quickly becoming endangered by a monumental project to dam the Narmada river. Soon they will be lost forever....

About Bob Meyer

Friday, March 17, 2017

The blog is about Bob Meyer, an American award-winning artist, writer, actor and director born and raised in Chicago, who now lives outside Paris, France. He discovered his love of drawing at a young age much like many children, but surprised himself when one day he drew a thumb that actually looked like a real thumb. While many children forget about crayons and sketchbooks as they grow older, Meyer never stopped drawing. While attending Southern Illinois University, he received scholarships to study art at both Ox-Bow and the Art Institute of Chicago....

Collecting Bugs and Butterflies

Friday, March 10, 2017

My lips have been curled in a perpetual state of fear for the past few days while researching PRIMITIVE’s extensive collection of bugs and butterflies. It is one thing to see pictures in books or on the web, but quite another to see beetle exoskeletons, tarantulas twice the size of my hands, giant centipedes and scorpions up close and personal. To compound matters, Glen Joffe told me a story about being served a plate of noodles and scorpions while on a trip to China. It didn’t do much for my sleep. Pictures of all sorts of insect delicacies appeared in my dreams...I mean nightmares....

A New Spin on an Old Debate – Collectible Globes

Friday, March 03, 2017

A debate of who discovered America leads to a discourse on the history of map making and the uniqueness of collectible globes - from antique to modern - each representing a spherical snapshot in time...

Pig Reveals the Power of True Love!

Friday, February 24, 2017

The Taj Mahal was created by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It was completed in 1648, after 20,000 laborers toiled for 22 years. Construction materials were brought in from all over India and central Asia, and it is believed that a fleet of 1000 elephants transported these materials to the site. In all, there are 28 different types of precious and semi-precious stones inlaid into the marble. The Taj is a jewel box, and although it has been described as a testament to enduring love, it is still a tomb, albeit one of the most beautiful in the world....

Ancestor Worship Around the World

Friday, February 10, 2017

Ancestor worship is a religious practice based on the belief that deceased family members have a continued existence, that the spirits of deceased ancestors will look after the family, take an interest in the affairs of the world, and possess the ability to influence the fortune of the living. Ancestor worship is everywhere in the world. We may not always acknowledge the practice as a religious practice or a form of worship, but each time we look at a photo of a dear deceased relative or even an important historical figure, and ask what they would do under a particular set of circumstances we are engaging in this sort of veneration, or worship, which could also be described as a connection....

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  1. Indonesian Buddhas – A Legacy in Stone Glen Joffe 8 hours 59 mins ago
  2. Symbolic Stone – Indian Temple Ornamentation Glen Joffe 22-Apr-2017
  3. Certified Authentic - The True Nature of Authenticity Glen Joffe 07-Apr-2017
  4. Indian Bronze Pilgrimage Statues Glen Joffe 31-Mar-2017
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