Shadow Puppets from Java

Shadows cast by elaborate leather puppets performing Indonesian versions of Indian Hindu epics. On a portable stage, the puppeteer-priest sets up his framed screen and lamps. He will thrill and enchant a crowd with his puppets. To the women, seated … Continued

Midsummer’s Eve and the Calendula officinalis – the Pot Marigold.

Midsummer’s Eve usually relates to European celebrations that accompany the Summer Solstice, either on the actual solstice or between June 21 and June 24, depending on the culture. The celebration predates Christianity and is thought to be related to ancient … Continued

Buddha

[slideshow] Inside the World Art Gallery, a flint Buddha sits, deep in meditation, illuminated from above. This Buddha was sculpted in Gandhara (Now Pakistan) sometime between the 2nd and 4th centuries (Kingdom of Gandhara: 1st Millennium BC-11th Century AD). There … Continued



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