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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....

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....

Retaining Title – The Provenance of Antique Chinese Furniture

Friday, June 02, 2017

The dictionary definition of provenance simply states it is the history of ownership of art and antiques; but this concept, while it can be used to gauge the value of western antiques, does not apply to furniture made in imperial China. This blog details what makes or informs antique Chinese furniture compared to the western idea of provenance....

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....

Interior Fusion – The Influence of Asian Art on Western Interior Design

Friday, December 16, 2016

A new movement has surfaced in the interior design world; eclecticism. This style combines the fashions and designs of multiple periods, from ancient to contemporary and East to West. Eclecticism aims to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts, which echoes certain concepts behind an ancient Chinese philosophy called Feng Shui. Feng Shui is a Chinese philosophical system designed to create harmony between the individual and their environment....

Ancient Animals – Symbolism of Chinese Mythological Creatures

Friday, November 18, 2016

This blog deals with the symbolism of ancient Chinese mythological creatures as they have been illustrated in a multitude of Chinese arts....

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  1. Appreciating Buddhist Art: Part Four – Ritual Tools and Symbols Glen Joffe 18-Aug-2017
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  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