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Memory Making: The First Emperor's Legacy at the Asian Art Museum

China's Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor's Legacy at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco  photo by Gregg Chadwick  "I, Sovereign, am the First Emperor; my descendants will call themselves the Second Generation, the Third Generation, and will go on forever after." - The First Emperor, Qin Shihuang (259-210 BCE)    quoted by the historian Sima Qian (145-90 BCE)China's Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor's Legacy currently on view at the Asian... [more]
Posted by Gregg Chadwick on 5/10/13

The Golden Years

by Richard von Busack
What the centuries couldn't erode, the Taliban destroyed during their puritan reign. Some 2500 pieces from the National Museum, Kabul were destroyed, even as the building itself lost its roof and windows to bombs. But much was hidden by brave curators, who saved the treasures of Afghanistan's history from the mullahs. Among the earliest pieces on view at the Asian Art Museum are crumpled fragments of golden bowls from 2000 BC, left behind after a farmer cut them into pieces with an axe to... [more]
Posted by Richard von Busack on 10/29/08

Arabesques and More

by Richard von Busack
"Arts of the Islamic World From Turkey to Indonesia," through March 1 at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, is a rich yet compact survey at the museum's second floor Japanese collection. Yes, there are ceramics: thick, glazed star-shaped tiles from the 1200s; small translucent bowls and a cartwheel-sized plate from Turkey, many hundreds of years old and decorated with blue delphiniums. And there are several outstanding examples of calligraphy, including an illuminated and gilded Koran... [more]
Posted by Richard von Busack on 10/11/08
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