Category Archives: Art & Artifacts

Africa: Minkisi, Power Objects of the Kongo People

Our living room is a hodge-podge of “knick-knacks” from Asia, Africa, and Latin America. We treat the crowd of objects as if we were hosting a cocktail party. Every so often, we move our “guests” around to liven up the … Continue reading

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Stray Things: Art Deco Stamp Moistener

Over the course of dark winter, things creep out of their hiding places, like fairies, to keep us company. My spring ritual is to shoo them all back to their places, to commune with their knick-knack brethren and to not … Continue reading

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What Possessed You to Buy That Thing???

For one of my writing projects, I’m trying to delve into the mind of the collector. Collectors of old things are almost never portrayed in a positive light. They are cultural criminals, like Nazis art thieves. Or they are bloated … Continue reading

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What Spirit Gives Things Their Life?

Is there a lifeforce that inhabits THINGS? I don’t mean the voice of consumer crap that calls out to us, “Buy me!” I mean the subtle spirit of old things and hand-made things — that magical quality of an artifact … Continue reading

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Digging the Dog Tooth Beads

I bought this strand of “beads” in 1997 at the Sapto Hudoyo gallery in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Yogya was smaller and more old-fashioned than Jakarta, which thrilled me. I had been reading The Year of Living Dangerously since we’d arrived. The story takes … Continue reading

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Asyut Embroidery from Kitty Mom

Today’s entry: http://madinpursuit.com/collections/Textile/textile_embroidery-asyut.html

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Molas of the Kuna People (San Blas Islands, Panamá)

Today’s entry: http://madinpursuit.com/collections/Textile/textile_Panama-Mola.html

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Capturing Images from Victorian Daguerreotype Jewelry

Today’s entry: http://madinpursuit.com/Tutorials/DagPhotos/DagPhotos.html

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Victorian Mourning Locket

Today’s thoughts here: http://madinpursuit.com/collections/Jewelry/jewelry_0001_locket.html

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The Origin of “Cool”

Today’s entry: http://madinpursuit.com/Journal2013/20130810.html

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