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Creating Sacred Space – Building a Meditation Room

Friday, August 04, 2017

This blog describes the restoration, repurposing, and rebuilding of an exterior stone facade salvaged from an earthquake as a complete interior environment called The Meditation Room...

Certified Authentic - The True Nature of Authenticity

Friday, April 07, 2017

In selling distinctive collectibles, art and furnishings from all over the world – both antique and contemporary - the question of authenticity inevitably arises. Historically, at PRIMITIVE, our definition of authentic was simple: authentic meant what we presented was used and/or intended for use by the indigenous people. This was especially true many years ago when our focus was exclusively on unique, culturally significant material. In its original context, authentic meant you would find genuine, real objects and furnishings instead of those made purely for export or tourism....

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...

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....

Collecting African Art: Part Two – Provenance

Friday, November 07, 2014

In the first part of this series, we learned African art has been given a specific set of criteria that must be fulfilled to be considered traditional and authentic. First, the work must have been created by non-European Africans, free from any Christian or Islamic influences; and second, the artworks must have been used by the respective African tribes in ceremonies, festivities or daily life. Some observers and collectors may think authenticity is limited to a specific time and place – an idealized Africa of the past that modernity has destroyed and lives on only in the form of artifacts....

Collecting African Art: Part One – Authenticity

Friday, October 03, 2014

There are several variables to consider when collecting traditional African art but foremost among them is authenticity. That means the work was made to be - and was - used by its people. It does not, however, mean that traditional African art exists within a vacuum that lacks any sort of outside or modern influences. Authenticity is dictated by the history and story of the artwork, not by time or place...

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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