Friday, November 28, 2014

Smiling Buddha Idol Unearthed at Ghantasala in India

By T. Appala Naidu
Buddha idol in pure white colour from 2nd A.D. and 3rd A.D. period
INDIA---A smiling Buddha idol made of Dachepalli limestone was unearthed from an agricultural field falling under Penneramma mound, a Buddhist site, at Ghantasala village in Krishna district. The idol, six inches in height and four inches width, was found by a local farmer while he was preparing land within the range of the mound, which witnessed flourishing Hinayana sect of Buddhism during the 2nd A.D and 3rd A.D. period. [link]

Reading the Subtleties of Islamic Fashion

By Vanessa Friedman
Models in designs by Calvin Thoo at the Islamic Fashion
Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Credit Vincent Thian/Associated Press
MALAYSIA---There are so many fashion weeks these days, from the Big Four (London, New York, Paris and Milan) to Tokyo, Rio, Miami and Abu Dhabi, among others, that I often think I could pass the year going from one to another, the way John Cheever’s Swimmer stroked his way across the pools of the suburbs. But even to a jaded observer, a fashion event took place last week that seemed — well, not like the other ones: the Islamic Fashion Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I was not the only one who found it confusing. But that, it turned out, was precisely the point. [link]

Experts Raise Concern Over Buddhist Sites in Odisha Neglected by Government

Ratnagiri, Lalitgiri and Udayagiri in Jajpur district from an important Buddhist complex.
CHINA---Magnificent remain of Buddhist edifices and images of the Vajrayana pantheon have been unearthed at Ratnagiri. The Buddhist art in the region attained a high degree of excellence under the patronage of the Bouma-Kararulers, most of whom were devout Buddhists, said Dr Bimalendu Mohanty the vice –president of Maha Bodhhi Society of India and the former vice-chancellor of Utkal university of culture on Saturday. Ratnagiri was an important centre of Buddhist art. Numerous Buddha idols were unearthed during excavation by the Archeological Survey of India under the supervision of Debdata Mitra between 1957 and 1961. [link]

Theives Are Preying on Churches in Italy

By Judith Harris
A sculpture of the Holy Child in the church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli in Rome is a copy of a 15th-century original stolen in 1994.MATTHIAS KABEL/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
ITALY---Italy's embrassment of riches---with 50 officially recognized sites, it tops UNESCO World Heritage List---has long made the country particularly vunveralbe to looting. Neverleless, heritage heists have declined in recent years. In 2013, they dropped by one-quarter, to 676 from the previous year's 891. The drop can be attributed to that fact that museums are more closely guarded than in the past, and stolen objects, offeredn for sale at auction, art fairs, galleries, or online can be identified more easily thanks to the massive data bank maintained by the art squad of the Carbiniera paramilitary police. [link]

Arizona's Hindu Activist is Upset Again at Mounting Of Lord Ganesha At Windsor Chapel

Ganesha has the head of an elephant and the body of a Siddha.
UNITED KINGDOM---Hindus are upset at placing of carved Lord Ganesha as a grotesque creature on the medieval walls of St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, England – calling it highly inappropriate. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, was critical of this reimagined Lord Ganesha image as grotesque installed on a Chapel wall and termed it as trivializing the highly revered deity of Hinduism. [link]

Photographs Show Cairo Mausoleum of Salar and Sanjar Stripped of Wooden Frieze

By Tim Cornwell
Before and after
EGYPT--- The story since the bomb blast at Cairo’s Museum of Islamic Art in January has brought twists worthy of a detective novel. Amid reports that social unrest and economic crisis in Egypt may be fuelling the black market in cultural artefacts, photographs have emerged showing that a large wooden frieze has been stripped from the interior of the 1304 Mausoleum of Salar and Sanjar, in Saliba Street, old Cairo. Doris Behrens-Abouseif, an author and academic, who was given the photographs by activists, said: “The whole frieze has gone. This is a disaster after 700 years. Under everybody’s eyes, it has been removed. It must have been very, very recently.” [link]

The Hidden Face of God Glass Sculpture by Jed Malitz

A jaw-dropping “Wow” was my reaction. Jed Malitz’s spectral "Hidden Face of God" is a life-sized 3D cut glass sculpture. "I completed it this past Saturday," he wrote this week. "Please pardon the objects in my gallery being reflected in the glass including an exit sign, other artworks, my iPhone, etc." Pardoning them---is easily done because the glass sculpture is unlike any other religious art before on the pages of A&O.  We first introduced our readers to this project in January as we and also Jed were beginning the Lenton journey. [Video]