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

 

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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.

Plant sale sponsored by Travis County Master Gardener Association

February 17, 2018 Leave a comment

Spring is very labor intensive for me -busy with continuing education requirements for my appraisal business but also with my Mastergarden work; after investing in time (three months training by Texas A & M professors) and money; as Mastergardeners we are the volunteer service arm of Travis County Agrilife Extension Service. We have to accumulate educational credits plus many volunteer hours – I concentrate on working in our demonstration garden and working in our greenhouse to grow plants and vegetables to be sold and given away at garden fairs. I love my work!!!

plant sale

March 10th is our big date when we have our plant sale and gardening seminars at Zilker Botanical Garden. There will be no Zilker Garden Fest this year and instead a plant sale will be sponsored by Travis County Master Gardener Association March 10th from 9:00AM to 2:30PM.

We will shares the space with Austin Herb Society, iris Society and Texas Bamboo Society.

Come and see us!!!

http://www.tcmastergardeners.org/event/travis-county-master-gardener-plant-sale/

Cheers

Elisabeth

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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

 

THE NINE DOMES MOSQUE in Afghanistan

February 5, 2018 Leave a comment

9 mosque

 

A 9th century mosque in northern Afghanistan in Balkh province ca. 12 miles west of Mazar-i-Sharif. Discovered or re-discovered in 1960 by an American archaeologist but not excavated and inspected until 2006. We know that Genghis Khan and many earthquakes destroyed many monuments in Balkh province.

Carbon dating and historical sources suggest that the mosque could have been built as early as 794 – Julio Sarmiento-Bendezu, director of the French Archeological Delegation in Afghanistan, the leader of the excavations said that this early date means that the mosque of the (Persian) Abbasid Empire has been influenced by Afghanistan and not the other way around. The mosque would have once been studded with lapis lazuli and turquoise.

Would it not be nice if we could visit the mosque and travel through Afghanistan again as some of us were able to do before the wars started.

Cheers,

Elisabeth

CLAREMONT RUG COMPANY IN OAKLAND

February 5, 2018 Leave a comment

claremont rug company

 

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

NELSON-ATKINS MUSEUM IN KANSAS CITY

February 5, 2018 Leave a comment

jade shrine

 

https://nelson-atkins.org/events/a-jain-shrine-from-india/

 
The Nelson-Atkins has many treasures and one has been kept in storage and now cleaned up : acquired in 1932 the ornately carved and in great detail painted shrine is presented in REVEALING A HIDDEN TREASURE: A JAIN SHRINE FROM INDIA,
dated to the 16th century. Jainism is an ancient religion of India with the followers called Jains, practicing non-violent behavior and often praying in front of house shrine of which this one is a splendid example.

My first experience with the Nelson-Atkins was many moons ago when Laurence Sickman was director; together with Langdon Warner Laurence Sickman bought Japanese and Chinese sculpture, paintings and furniture for the Nelson-Atkins.

Buddhism 7th century B.C.

Jainism 6th century B.C.

Cheers,

Elisabeth