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Buddha Room Paintings – The 12 Stages of Buddha’s Life

Friday, November 25, 2016

This blog explains paintings illustrating the 12 stages of Buddha’s Life, also known as the 12 Deeds, as seen only in the Buddha Room at Primitive, Chicago....

Ancient Animals – Symbolism of Chinese Mythological Creatures

Friday, November 18, 2016

This blog deals with the symbolism of ancient Chinese mythological creatures as they have been illustrated in a multitude of Chinese arts....

Molten Magic – A Brief History of Glass

Friday, November 11, 2016

In the year 14 BCE a young Phoenician named Pelles celebrated his 19th birthday just like he spent most days – working in his father’s glass studio on the outskirts of Sidon. Yet, something was amiss. He failed to notice the loud arguing voices in the distance, until he was grabbed from behind and dragged outside....

Painting upon the Floor – Chinese Baotou Rugs

Friday, November 04, 2016

What comes to mind when you think of traditional Chinese art? Is it porcelain, calligraphy, scholar's rocks or jade carvings? A category of artwork all too often overlooked is Chinese rugs. Surprisingly, there has been little historical documentation of wool weaving traditions in China. Despite the international trade that flourished for centuries, rugs and carpets were rarely exported. Though frequently lumped into the broader category of 'oriental rugs,' textiles woven in China were created mainly for internal consumption....

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  1. Appreciating Buddhist Art: Part Four – Ritual Tools and Symbols Glen Joffe 18-Aug-2017
  2. Tutsi Basketry – World Class Weaving Glen Joffe 11-Aug-2017
  3. Creating Sacred Space – Building a Meditation Room Glen Joffe 04-Aug-2017
  4. Nature’s Handiwork – Introduction to Gongshi Glen Joffe 28-Jul-2017
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“Cultural objects tell stories; and in each story a simple message is found—all cultures are the same, we just express ourselves differentlyGLEN JOFFE, OWNER