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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....

Appreciating Buddhist Art

Friday, January 20, 2017

If you’ve ever taken a trip to Asia and visited Buddhist temples you have surely come across different depictions of Buddha. We may recognize him whether he is standing, sitting or lying down. Sometimes he wears a jeweled crown. At other times, rays of light called a mandorla radiate from behind his head. His eyes may be or open or closed; he may hold objects in his hands; and he may be made from different materials such as copper, iron, gold or jade. He may be painted white, blue, yellow or red; have a normal complement of body parts or multiple heads and arms. He may be tall and thin or short and fat – but let’s stop here. To a casual observer, the many depictions of Buddha can be confusing; and in fact, what looks like Buddha is often not Buddha at all....

Brian Sindler - Beyond Plein Air Painting

Friday, January 13, 2017

Brian Sindler is an award-winning contemporary plein air artist yet his works encompass a far greater depth and complexity than traditional landscape painting. Conveying mood and emotion through evocative shapes, colors and the effects of light, his works never fail to capture the viewer's mind and imagination....

Jeweled Finery - Ladakh Ceremonial Attire

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Ladakh, today a part of northern India, is an area that many people look to for both spiritual and fashion inspiration. Its culture and history are closely related to that of Tibet with whom it shares a border. When it comes to the spiritual, Ladakh is an area where a large group of Tibetans reside since it was politically demarcated from Tibet in 1942. As a result, it is a center for the practice of Tibetan Buddhism, and despite the political separation, the inhabitants have continued to look to Tibet for religious inspiration. Although austere philosophically, Tibetan Buddhism does support many rituals attendant to its spiritual practice, which leads to one striking aspect of Ladakhi fashion - the wearing of heavily ornamented headgear and costumes covered with turquoise, carnelian, mother-of-pearl, coral, and other semi-precious materials – costumes we call “Jeweled Finery.”...

Savoring a Scent - PRIMITIVE PURE Incense

Friday, December 30, 2016

This blog is about the PRIMITIVE PURE brand of incense. Agar Wood is part of the perfume world’s great “floracopia,” except in the science of scent it is known primarily as Oud. Beyond a pleasant, engaging smell, this singular component can calm the nervous system and bring about a sense of sensuality and love....

Piecing It Together - When Does A Collection Become A Work Of Art?

Friday, December 23, 2016

Individual collectible objects may be imbued with a unique history and story to tell, but when they become part of a collection their status is elevated and the collection itself can become a work of art. Stated differently, a collection can be considered a singular work of art worthy of experience....

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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