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Tutsi Basketry – World Class Weaving

Friday, August 11, 2017

This blog describes the art of Tutsi basketry, which has now become a recognized collectible in the African art world, and the "basket world," in particular....

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....

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....

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....

Exercising Feminine Power - Maternity Figures in Traditional African Art

Thursday, May 11, 2017

In traditional African art, which generally refers to the art of sub-Saharan Africa, the concept of motherhood and maternity is a theme surfacing in just about every tribal group. Although most societies in Africa could be viewed as paternalistic or male dominated, artfully rendered maternity figures idealizing and glorifying women were commonplace. Yet, the purpose of this art was not simply to glorify women. This blog discusses the background, interpretation and examples of maternity figures in traditional African art....

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....

The Chicken or the Egg – Giacometti and Dogon Art

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Globalization. This term entailing free trade, cultural integration, vanishing borders and accessible communication throughout the world is surprisingly modern. It was coined in 1983 by Theodore Levitt, a marketing professor at the Harvard Business School....

Filled to the Brim – African Figurative Ceramic Vessels

Friday, October 07, 2016

Ceramic works from Africa can be loosely divided into two categories: terra cotta figurative art and earthenware vessels. In opposition to figurative art, ceramic vessels can be broken down into two sub-categories: utilitarian and ceremonial...

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....

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...

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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