EARTHLY SPLENDOR: KOREAN CERAMICS FROM THE COLLECTION

to open January 20, 2018

THE TRAMMEL AND MARGARET CROW COLLECTION 

http://crowcollection.org/exhibition/earthly-splendor-korean-ceramics-from-the-collection/

2010 Flora Street in Dallas

The exhibit will pair antique pieces ( Three Kingdom period 57 BCE-935 CE ) with outstanding examples of contemporary ceramics. Korean ceramic tradition goes back some 7000 years and although Korean potters were imported and were instrumental in the Chinese and Korean ceramic production, it was not until the 1960s that they were considered and sought after by dealers and collectors.

ceramics at the crow

Cheers,

Elisabeth

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PERSIAN LIME STONE RELIEF FRAGMENT FROM PERSEPOLIS SEIZED BY MANHATTAN DISTRICT ATTORNEY FROM A DEALER EXHIBITING AT TEFAF NEW YORK IN OCTOBER 2017. VALUED AT $ 1.2mil.

Dealers and clients have almost become used to accusations of cultural property thefts – but something that has been in the public eye and displayed at a museum for some sixty years?

Read the article in the Antiques Trade Gazette.

https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/news/2017/persian-limestone-sculpture-seized-by-police-from-antiquities-dealer-at-tefaf-new-york/

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Cheers,
Elisabeth

WONDROUS WORLDS: ART & ISLAM THROUGH TIME & PLACE

Asia Society Texas Center in Houston  

Open through February 25, 2018

https://asiasociety.org/texas/exhibitions/wondrous-worlds-art-islam-through-time-place

islamic art

 

 The exhibit is very unique in that it includes Islamic works of art from Southeast Asia and East and West Africa. It includes antique, modern and contemporary works of art covering some 1400 years. Exhibited works showcase jewelry, ceramics, metal, paintings, carpets, prints, calligraphy and photographs – it is dazzling display of Islamic art in one place.

The exhibition was organized by the Newark Museum.

Cheers,

Elisabeth

ORIENTAL RUG MARKET PYRAMID

Jan David Winitz, famous rug expert and founder / president of Claremont Rug Company in Oakland, California, has put together an educational tool to learn about carpets and support potential buyers. He established six levels of quality, from Museum quality to Reproduction – to help establish value and importance of a carpet. Few of us have ever seen carpets/fragments from the 16th, 17th and early 18th century . But we may have a chance to look at and perhaps consider buying an early 20th century rug. Best to be informed about quality, color, dyes, wool and designs.

Here is a link to the Rug Pyramid.

https://www.claremontrug.com/antique-rugs-information/purchasing-persian-antique-rugs-oriental-carpets/the-rug-pyramid-a-practical-guide-to-determining-the-right-oriental-rugs-for-you-new/

rug market pyramid

SECRETS OF THE LACQUER BUDDHA

Smithsonian/Sackler 
December 9, 2017 to June 10, 2018

https://www.freersackler.si.edu/exhibition/secrets-of-the-lacquer-buddha/

Many of us who have always admired and explored the Thai and Burmese lacquer Buddha statues have now scientific proof how these pieces were made. This exhibit showcases Chinese lacquer statues and offers insights based on scientific and technological tests how these pieces were made…… briefly – hollow core wood or clay core, covered with strips of cloth (hemp, cotton), made wet with lacquer (many layers thereof) and thickened with materials such as oil, blood and burnt bone, then pigment and gilding.

The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery has brought together three life size and very rare Chinese lacquer Buddha statues, one from the Freer, one from the Met and one from the Walters (Baltimore).

Must go and visit!!!

Cheers,

Elisabeth

Lacquer Buddha

INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR THE PROTECTION OF HERITAGE IN CONFLICT ZONES

protecting against war and terrorism, to avoid the type of destruction we have seen in Palmyra, Syria, with Bamyan’s Buddha in Afghanistan and the great library in Timbuktu, Mali. Ten countries formed this group to promote a dialogue in the face of terrorism and fanaticism . Waiting to hear more about these efforts …..

AMARAVATI MARBLES IN THE BRITISH MUSEUM

Please read this article from India Today about a large exhibit of very early Buddhist sculptural pieces from Am(a)ravati shown at the British Museum. Although these pieces were excavated in India more than 140 years ago, have undergone rigorous preservation and restoration, and have been seen by millions of visitors – not all Indians are happy with one the largest early Indian Buddhist collection in a British museum.
Amaravati pieces date from the 2nd century BC to 3rd center AD. The British Museum collection is often referred to as Amaravati Marbles.

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/british-museum-displays-masterpieces-of-buddhist-sculptures-from-amravati/1/308345.html

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Cheers,

Elisabeth

SAN ANTONIO MUSEUM OF ART

HEAVEN AND HELL  SALVATION AND RETRIBUTION IN PURE LAND BUDDHISM

https://www.samuseum.org/heavenandhell

Open until September 10, 2017

This exhibition has been curated by Dr. Emily Sano, Senior Advisor for Asian Art, and director emeritus of the ASIAN/SFO.

What impressed me most besides the quality of the works shown, was the inclusion of art works from different countries and cultures we do not always associate with Pure Land Buddhism.

On June 16, the San Antonio Museum of Art will present Heaven and Hell: Salvation and Retribution in Pure Land Buddhism, the first exhibition in the U.S. to explore in detail one of the most popular forms of Buddhism throughout Asia.

Featuring approximately 70 works—including paintings, sculpture, and decorative objects—the exhibition contrasts the visions of heaven and hell, ideas that are central to Pure Land Buddhism. Curated by Dr. Emily Sano, PhD, the Coates-Cowden-Brown Senior Advisor for Asian Art at the San Antonio Museum of Art, the exhibition features some of the most stunning examples of works created as part of the sect’s devotional and funerary traditions. They are drawn from twenty private collections and institutions across the country and world as well as the Museum’s own Asian collections. Heaven and Hell will be on view through September 10, 2017.

Originally developed in West Asia during the early years of the Common Era, Pure Land Buddhism spread across Central Asia to China and into Tibet, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan, pulling in and incorporating the gods and figures of local faiths in each new culture. One figure, Amitābha, the Buddha of the Western Paradise, remained at the center of the Pure Land faith, promising salvation in his heavenly paradise to anyone who simply calls his name. This promise of salvation and an escape from the pain of hell—even to those who led less than exemplary lives—helped Pure Land Buddhism flourish and expand throughout Asia. In contrast, the more traditional Theravada Buddhism held that nirvana could only be obtained through devout study and meditation.

“Heaven and Hell provides a dynamic and in-depth view of Pure Land Buddhism, highlighting the way different cultures adopted and adapted the faith,” said Sano. “Its adherents found commonality in inspiration and devotion, while also contributing their local beliefs and imagery to the practice.” The result is a richness of both religious narrative and imagery that makes for compelling viewing, including in rituals that continue to the present day. The exhibition explores these different regional approaches, and the evolution of devotional art as Pure Land Buddhism moved eastwards across Asia.

Lenders to the exhibition include the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Cleveland Art Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Philadelphia Art Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Birmingham Museum of Art, and the Dallas Museum of Art. Curated by Emily Sano, PhD, the Coates-Cowden-Brown Senior Advisor for Asian Art at the San Antonio Museum of Art, and the former director of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the exhibition will also be accompanied by a catalog. (San Antonio Museum)

Below a unique and most beautiful sculpture of the Bowing Buddha

Bowing Buddha