Nature’s Handiwork – Introduction to Gongshi

Friday, July 28, 2017

In China, the pure beauty of nature has been treasured for centuries, and this is most evident in a collecting category called Gongshi. The art of Gongshi is typically regarded as the appreciation and collecting of highly unusual rocks, although today the category itself has been expanded to encompass highly unusual wood forms as well. Long ago...

Deciphering Deities - Will the Real Quan Yin Please Stand Up!

Friday, July 21, 2017

This blog examines the deity Quan Yin, technically the Buddhist god of compassion and mercy, who has now become a popular icon capturing the imagination of Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike....

Collecting African Art: Part 1 - Authenticity

Friday, July 14, 2017

This blog deals with authenticity - one of the most important considerations in collecting traditional African art....

Symbolism in Chinese Art and Antiques: Part One - Animated Nature

Friday, July 07, 2017

The purpose of this blog is to provide the reader with a useful, practical guide to interpreting the appearance of animal symbols in Chinese art and antiques....

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