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The untruths we learned from the art of the Victorian Celtic Revival.

The untruths we learned from the art of the Victorian Celtic Revival.

The Celts were a branch of the Indo -Europeans. Proto Celtic people from the Balkans came to Central Europe in 2500 BC The earliest major Celtic settlement was in Hallstatt, Austria. The name Celt is derived from the Greek word Keltoi, meaning Barbarian. Those referred to by this name were not of one culture, but… Continue Reading

Hanbok

Hanbok

The Hanbok is traditionally worn by Korean people. It was worn on a daily basis until around 100 years ago. The earliest evidence of this style of dress is found in the Koguya tombs, which are the only surviving remains of the Koguryo kingdom, which existed between the 3rd century BC and 7th century AD. The… Continue Reading

Carnelians of Gujerat by Sarah Corbett

Carnelians of Gujerat by Sarah Corbett

Carnelian has been greatly prized by many cultures. It has been a very desirable element of jewellery and adornment throughout history. Each piece of Carnelian is unique. Many cultures have attributed metaphysical properties to pieces of carnelian. It is believed by many that these semi precious stones can enhance life and help to cure many… Continue Reading

Art and Risk in Ancient Yoruba, c. 1300 AD, by Prof. Suzanne Preston Blier, Harvard University – Review by Barbara Steinberg

Art and Risk in Ancient Yoruba, c. 1300 AD, by Prof. Suzanne Preston Blier, Harvard University – Review by Barbara Steinberg

Suzanne Preston Blier is our guide and intellectual archaeologist, unearthing the relationship between Yoruba history and art in Ife, Southwestern Nigeria. She meticulously describes how much risk people took to create some of the most beautiful copper-cast and terracotta statues ever made. The statues preserve Yoruba identity and serve as both witnesses to history and… Continue Reading

Aggrab Al Fadda Beads by Sarah Corbett

Aggrab Al Fadda Beads by Sarah Corbett

  Sometimes in the world of bead collecting a style of bead comes to the foreground in terms of interest and desirability. In recent years the Aggrab Al fadda bead has been that specimen. This silver hollow bead is from Mauritania. The term Aggrab means bag, Al Fadda denotes a bag made from the body… Continue Reading