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Fascination with Death – Skull Symbolism

Friday, October 21, 2016

What happens when we draw our final breath? Nobody knows the answer – except the dead. Yet death has fascinated the living for thousands of years. Burials were one of the earliest human rituals, indicating reverence toward the dead and whatever lay beyond....

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...

Insect Dreams – Collecting Bugs and Butterflies

Friday, July 17, 2015

From towering canyons to the smallest insects, some of the world's greatest artworks can arguably be found in nature. Insect collections have been a form of study and appreciation for centuries and today it is a hobby and an art. From perfectly preserved predators to butterflies with delicate wings of radiant color, each insect is presented in an alluring way that elevate them to become nature's finest art collection....

The Leading Lady – Dan Ceremonial Ladle

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Among the Dan people of Liberia, West Africa, a large ceremonial ladle called wunkirmian is an item of great honor and pride for women. She who holds the wunkirmian is the image of an ideal woman: hardworking, hospitable and above all, a leading lady in the kitchen. Not only is it a functional object to be used during festivals it is also spiritual and symbolic of the generosity and beauty of Dan women...

Collectible Curiosities – Curio Cabinets

Friday, June 27, 2014

In earlier centuries, curiosity cabinets were rooms filled with objects of mystery and intrigue. Today they are collections of rare, uniquely presented collectibles. From elegant scientific contraptions to mounted fossils and starfish, these curios capture our imaginations and engage us with an unbridled sense of mystery...

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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