Blog


 


The Art of the Dig – Excavated Ancient Artifacts

Thursday, September 29, 2016

They called him The Digger, Diggy for short. It was an apt nickname considering his most peculiar hobby – digging. As a child he created countless craters in his parent’s garden and didn’t stop until he had pock-marked the lawns of all his relatives. As an adult, friends couldn’t invite him to their homes lest he sneak into their backyards, regardless of the season...

Stronger Than You Think – Women of Power in Africa

Friday, September 23, 2016

Many African cultures have historically given women great power, especially Queen Mothers. Queen Mothers are defined as women who give birth to a reigning king....

Art of the Brushstroke – Introducing Seiran Chiba

Friday, August 19, 2016

Since the day Seiran Chiba entered a calligraphy school at the age of 11, her teachers had always provided her with lessons in the form of characters to write, which she replicated hundreds if not thousands of times until achieving perfection....

Through the Eyes of the West – European Engravings of the Orient

Friday, August 05, 2016

Long before Google Earth could take us on virtual trips around the world, before we could search the internet for facts, pictures and videos, before encyclopedias even existed, people could only dream of undiscovered faraway lands. In the west...

The Horror of it All – Ghanaian Movie Posters

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

In the late 1980s when videocassette recorders (VCRs) started making their way into Ghana, a small cottage industry developed called the ‘mobile cinema.’ The industry was composed of entrepreneurs who were armed...

Twice Born – Yoruba Ibeji Twin Figures

Friday, July 15, 2016

The Yoruba people have historically been known to have a high rate of twin births; the highest in the world. Statistics today show that 44 out of every 1,000 births are twins. Both diet and genetics contribute to this occurrence, though some consider it a gift from God. However, in ancient times twins were seen as bad luck and barbaric...

Pipe Dreams – The Art of Opium

Friday, July 08, 2016

Back in the late 18th century, Britain was facing a dilemma in its trade with China. While there were many Chinese commodities that the Europeans wanted, the Chinese were not interested in anything the British brought to trade – except silver. To prevent a complete depletion of their silver depositories, the British were keen on demands for alternative commodities. They fixed upon the idea of trading opium, which was grown in India and consumed by the rich and noble in China....

Symbols of Devotion – Hand-crafted Rings

Friday, July 01, 2016

As far back as ancient Egypt, the endless circle of a ring symbolized eternal love. In Ancient Greece, husbands gifted gold and silver rings to their wives. It was an indication that the wife was trusted with the husband’s valuables. Never mind that the ring was really hers....

The Value of Collectibles – Tami Island Ceremonial Bowls

Friday, June 24, 2016

Large, canoe-shaped bowls in the Tami Islands of Papua New Guinea were traded extensively and gifted as valuable pieces of a brides' wealth during marriage ceremonies. Unlike smaller wares, these were saved for extremely special occasions, primarily used to prepare and serve food during important feasts and annual festivals....

The Art of Faith – Mexican Retablos

Friday, June 17, 2016

One of the most delicate subjects to talk about is faith – yet everywhere we go, it is present. It might even be said faith is a universal concept, even if how it is applied may differ. One person has faith in one religion, one person another religion; one person believes in one particular god, another believes something altogether different....

Recent Posts


Archive


Tags

Blog Posts
  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
Stories & Descriptions

Discover more information about the culture and history behind many of these beautiful select objects, artifacts, antiques and furnishings–click here

“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