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One of the burial mounds, kurgan, built by Saka culture people in eastern Kazakhstan where a horde of golden artefacts were discovered by archaeologists. Photograph: Megalara Garuda/PA

One of the burial mounds, kurgan, built by Saka culture people in eastern Kazakhstan where a horde of golden artefacts were discovered by archaeologists. Photograph: Megalara Garuda/PA

Gold of the Great Steppe
Although little is known of the lives of the nomadic tribes who over 2,500 years ago roamed the Asian steppe situated in today’s Kazakhstan, the region’s semi-arid climate has provided the perfect temperature and humidity in the ground’s permafrost for the preservation of objects belonging to their culture…

 

100 Years of The Oriental Ceramics Society

The centenary exhibition, Collectors, Curators, Connoisseurs: A Century of the Oriental Ceramic Society, celebrates the story of the Society, of many of its founder and key early members and the central role it has played in making the UK the centre of East Asian, particularly Chinese, ceramic study and collecting. The exhibition…

 

George Eumorfopoulos (1863-193a), first president of the OCS

George Eumorfopoulos (1863-1939), first president of the OCS

He Gong with friends, and his beloved dog Chopin, in the Chengdu studio

He Gong with friends, and his beloved dog Chopin, in the Chengdu studio

The Artist He Gong

I first met Chinese artist He Gong in May 2019, in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, when I visited his studio in the Lushan Art Village on the southern fringes of the city. The studio was located…

 

Ancestor Culture in Southeast Asia
This month From the Archives looks at an exhibition on the ancestor culture of Indonesia, which was the first large exhibition to explore works of art made in Southeast Asia to honour the ancestors and the spirits of nature. It was also the first major exhibition of animist art from Southeast Asia to be held in Australia. Life, Death & Magic: 2000 years of Southeast Asian Ancestral Art introduced objects that were vibrant, powerful and often frightening…

Headdress (wutulai), Luang Island, south Moluccas, 19th century or earlier,
gold, 30.5 x 20.3 x 4.5 cm, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Hawaii, gift of the Christensen Fund. On the island of Luang, gold is worn at ceremonies as a marker of wealth, prestige and power. Noble families control treasuries of splendid jewellery, plates, discs, headdresses and crowns. From Ancestor Culture in Southeast Asia

Headdress (wutulai), Luang Island, south Moluccas, 19th century or earlier,
gold, 30.5 x 20.3 x 4.5 cm, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Hawaii, gift of the Christensen Fund. On the island of Luang, gold is worn at ceremonies as a marker of wealth, prestige and power. Noble families control treasuries of splendid jewellery, plates, discs, headdresses and crowns. From Ancestor Culture in Southeast Asia

Asian and Islamic Works of Art

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    THE MAGIC OF EXPLORATION

    From biennials and triennials to art summits, fairs, and cultural tours  – countless art events now dot the globe and compete for attention and …Read More »
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  • INDIAN CHINTZ: A HISTORY

    INDIAN CHINTZ: A HISTORY

    The story of India’s great export, chintz, is told at the Royal Ontario Museum this spring. Using the museum’s world-renowned collection of Indian chintz, …Read More »
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