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Lands of Asia

http://landsofasia.kimbellart.org

Until August 19th, 2018

Another very substantial Asian art exhibit in Texas- at the Kimbell Art Museum in Ft. Worth.

Between the Crow Collection Dallas, the Fine Arts Museum in Houston, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Asia Society Texas, Houston, the San Antonio Museum of Art, and most of all the Kimbell, Asian art lovers feel very fortunate in Texas.

Collected by Sam and Myrna Myers after they were posted in Paris in the mid 1960s, and eventually assembling some five thousand works of art including Asian, Roman and Greek antiquities. Driven by a passion for Asia, the Myers soon started to concentrate on East Asian pieces, particularly in jade, silk, porcelain and other refined materials.

Cheers,

Elisabeth

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The Good Heart

dalai lama

A Buddhist Perspective on the Teachings of Jesus

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Wisdom Publications 1996, 2016.

An Interfaith Dialogue with the Dalai Lama and Father Laurence Freeman exploring passages from the gospels during the 1994 John Main Seminar; with special sections on Christian (Laurence Freeman) and Buddhist perspectives (Dalai Lama and Geshe Thupten Jinpa, the Dalai Lama’s interpreter). The seminar is sponsored on a yearly basis by the World Community for Christian Meditation in memory of John Main, the Irish Benedictine monk who founded Christian meditation centers throughout the world.

What I found exciting and uplifting was the acceptance of the religious and spiritual focus in both Buddhism and Christianity, and the acceptance of the differences. The Dalai Lama’s reflections on the gospels and the explanation of Buddhist teachings, always based on his own experience, and about Buddhist and Christian saints, increased my understanding of both religions. I make this sound simple but the writing of the books is sometimes quite scholarly and academic and other times very down to earth- especially when the Dalai Lama is giving examples from his life. I am reading this book slowly and repeatedly.

Cheers,

Elisabeth

 

THE SOUTHERN GATES OF ARABIA, A JOURNEY IN THE HADHRAMAUT

February 17, 2018 Leave a comment

southern gates of arabia

I seem to turn more and more to adventure, travel and explorer books- for the body, the mind and the soul.

FREYA STARK

by Caroline Moorehead
1985

THE SOUTHERN GATES OF ARABIA, A JOURNEY IN THE HADHRAMAUT

by Freya Stark with introduction by Jane Fletcher
1936/2001

The two books by and about Freya Stark born in Paris 1893 I am reading again. Freya Stark fearlessly traveled alone to Persia, Iraq, sailed down the Red Sea following the ancient frankincense trail, and followed in the steps of Alexander the Great. She was an explorer, a historian, an archeologist and a writer in between working in places like Baghdad and sleeping in the tents of Bedouins. She was made Dame of the British Empire in 1972.

Where should we go next?

Cheers,

Elisabeth

 

More books about global trade……

February 17, 2018 Leave a comment

silk trade

SILK, PORCELAIN AND LACQUER: CHINA AND JAPAN AND THEIR TRADE WITH WESTERN EUROPE AND THE NEW WORLD, 1500-1644.

By Teresa Canepa, London 2016.

Global trade via trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific networks satisfying the demand for luxury goods, creating profitable opportunities for Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch and English merchants. The book explains that Chinese porcelains and silk was produced and shipped in great quantities whereas practically all Japanese lacquer traded by the Europeans was made to order. The book is said to be exceptionally well illustrated.

Cheers,

Elisabeth

 

BINDING THE CLOUDS: THE ART OF CENTRAL ASIAN IKAT

February 17, 2018 Leave a comment

In case you have not noticed that The Textile Museum is now part of the George Washington University Museum

701 21st Street, NW, Washington,D.C.

https://museum.gwu.edu/textile-museum

From March 10th – July 9th, 2018

BINDING THE CLOUDS: THE ART OF CENTRAL ASIAN IKAT

will be shown from what is now Uzbekistan and Central Asian oasis towns.

Uzbekistan still makes very colorful and interesting ikat fabrics often seen at international folk art shows; saw it last in Santa Fe.

A PORTRAIT OF THE HINDUS

February 17, 2018 Leave a comment

BALTHAZAR SOLVYNS & THE EUROPEAN IMAGE OF INDIA 1760-1824

by ROBERT L. HARDGRAVE, Jr.

portrait of hindus

Austin, Texas, August 2003
Oxford University Press

Robert L. Hardgrave, Jr. is the Louann and Larry Temple Centennial Professor Emeritus in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin. A specialist in the domestic and international politics of South Asia, he taught at UT in the departments of Government and Asian Studies from 1967 until his retirement in 2001.

My fault that I have never heard about the Flemish artist François Balthazar Solvyns (1760-1824) who arrived in Calcutta in 1794 and lived there until 1803.

He painted oil paintings and made drawings and then etchings. He portrays figures of many different occupations over 100 years before the “Company School” paintings of the 19th century.

The book is very scholarly written, – I cannot read more than a few pages at a time -the book has many black/white and color prints and these alone are very entertaining and informative. I have to return the book to the UT library and will have to buy it soon soon because the price seems to be going up!

Cheers,

Elisabeth

 

CLAREMONT RUG COMPANY IN OAKLAND

February 5, 2018 Leave a comment

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https://www.claremontrug.com/50-best-of-their-type-2017/

CLAREMONT RUG COMPANY IN OAKLAND

This is an exhibition temporarily displayed on the website of Claremont Rug Company showing the top quality carpets they have sold during the previous year.

A total of fifty carpets dating from ca. 1800 to ca. 1875 in a variety of designs of Persian and Caucasian styles. While most carpets would be for billionaire buyers I get pleasure from seeing and admiring and learning about the best of the best. And I am happy to see an increase of antique Oriental rugs used as wall art and space dividers. “Regular” rug enthusiasts like me have always used very modest rugs as cover for my display desk, on a table and on the wall like my old Heriz – a baptismal present from my grandmother.

Cheers,

Elisabeth