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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...

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