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Traditional Narrative Art - Balinese Temple Paintings

Friday, June 30, 2017

The island of Bali is in Indonesia. While it can be described as an island paradise featuring extraordinary natural vistas and scenes of great beauty on both a grand and intimate scale, it is also home to one of the most complex and engaging cultures in the world. While the rest of Indonesia is Islamic, Bali is Hindu. However, Hinduism as practiced on Bali is endemic to the island alone. It is a mixture of traditional Hinduism as it is found in India, Buddhism, ancient animistic beliefs and magical practices prevalent among the Balinese themselves. Religion on Bali is filled with Hindu and Buddhist gods and demi-gods, culture heroes, mythological creatures, demons and personages from great epic poems, countless ancestral spirits, and local deities. All these are woven together into a complex system pervading every aspect of Balinese life....

Adapting to Modern Design - Repurposing Kuba Cloth

Friday, June 23, 2017

This blog illustrates how long textiles woven by the Kuba people can be re-purposed as tapestries for use in modern interiors....

Endangered Architecture – Toraja Tongkonan

Friday, June 16, 2017

This blog discusses Tongkonan, the ancestral houses of the Toraja people that are becoming architecturally endangered as traditional beliefs fade away...

The Power of Proverbs – Ashanti Linguist's Staffs

Friday, June 09, 2017

In the Ashanti kingdom, royal dignitaries called Akyeame are responsible for relating the king's words to the people through proverbs , a highly valued oral tradition. To symbolize their position, Akyeame hold staffs with hand carved finials, each representing a well known proverb, story or moral lesson. The visual language conveyed by the staff finials is an art form in its own right, recognized and celebrated by all in the kingdom....

Retaining Title – The Provenance of Antique Chinese Furniture

Friday, June 02, 2017

The dictionary definition of provenance simply states it is the history of ownership of art and antiques; but this concept, while it can be used to gauge the value of western antiques, does not apply to furniture made in imperial China. This blog details what makes or informs antique Chinese furniture compared to the western idea of provenance....

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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