Mad in Pursuit Notebook


See also: On Being A Collector section at the end of the topic areas.


What little girls make: war rugs

Small Tribal Rugs from Central Asia (27 Apr 2018)


Bakongo: Minkisi (Power Objects) (20 Apr 2015)

Baule: Order and chaos: the eternal struggle (18 May 2013; 19 Sept 2016)

Congo: Luba Seat of Power

Egypt: Antique Asyut Embroidery

Ethiopia: Lost Scrolls of Desire [31 Aug 2012], Healing Scrolls [1 Sept 2012]

Gabon: Kota Reliquary Guardian

GALLERY: African Artifacts. On Flickr.

Ivory Coast: Bete Mask (16 Oct 2012)

Kuba Kingdom


Mexico: Alebrijes: Oaxaca Wood Carvings

Panamá: Coclé Culture Pottery: Shifting Perspectives (15 Oct 2012)

Panamá: San Blas Island: Kuna People: Classic Molas (8 Oct 2013)


Alabaster Maiden 1929

Art Deco Bronze: Danseuse aux Boules


Agate from Africa: Staring into the Universe -- Dot-In-Circle Motif [8 Aug 2012]

Buddhist Mala from Tibet [30 Aug 2012]

Button Jewelry [2 Jan 2012]

China: Romancing the Turquoise [23 Apr 2015]

Guatemala: Coin Rosary [24 July 2012]

Ecuador: Folk Art Necklace with Coins and Medals [20 July 2012]

Euro-American: Victorian Mourning Locket (27 Aug 2013)

Face Bead, Ancient Mosaic [29 Aug 2012]

Kazakh Ring [29 Apr 2015]

Mexico: Yalalag Cross from Oaxaco Area [18 July 2012]

Romanced by Wandering Amber. Contemplating Saharan journeys on a snowy day. [1.4.03]

On the Border: Peshawar Bead Bazaar [12.18.02]

From the Sands of Western China: Petrified Coral Beads [11.10.02]

Webwork: The Bead Collector 

Roman Empire: Roman Glass Obsession [9 Jan 2012]

Strangled in Tangles of Beads [updated 4.1.02]

Tribal Necklace from Afghanistan, On A Shoestring [3 Jan 2012]

The Karen Tribal Necklace, an excerpt from "Tribe of the Breakaway Beads"


Liu Songnian: Three Sages Appreciating Antique [11 Mar 2013]


Digging the Dog Tooth Beads (9 Sept 2014)

The Tau Tau: Looking for the Real Thing (Torajaland, Sulawesi) [23 Jan 2001]


Aizen Myo-o: Wrath of Love

Izuna Gongen: Buddhist Woodblock Detective Work

Kitsune: Fox Disguised As Priest

Kobo Daishi: Who Is He?

Netsuke: Tiny Treasures (slide show). See also GALLERY on Flickr.

Ofuda -- Buddhist Woodblock Prints from Japanese Shrines. Gallery on Flickr. The rest of the story: Dutiful. Methodical. Curious. Public. W00t.

Portable Magic: Japanese Pocket Shrine

Vairocana: Who Is He?

PHILATELY, POSTCARDS, LETTERS and related material

The Real-Photo Postcard (10.9.2016)

Round The World on the Graf Zeppelin (19 May 2013)

Postcards from Viola (20 Apr 2005)

Civil War Era Letters: Uriah W Stratton: Profile of a Civil War Hero (10 Jul 2013)


Ambrotype: What the Eyes See

Daguerreotype: Ghosts in the Mirror. Five men of purpose and friendship.

Daguerreotypes: Capturing Images from Victorian Daguerreotype Jewelry -- a tutorial (6 Sept 2013)

GALLERY: Cased Photos from the 19th Century (Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, Tintypes, including a collection of Civil War soldier portraits). On Flickr.

GALLERY: Hollywood Studio Portraits. On Flickr.

GALLERY: Lost Family of Fredonia NY. On Flickr.

Glass negatives: American Farm Children (16 Jun 2005)

Photogravure: Frances Willard: Portrait of A Woman At Work (7 May 2013)

Civil War Era: Elmira Cornet Band (2 July 2013)

Civil War Era: Reflections on a photograph of Fort Sumter, 1866, by George N Barnard (by Brendan McDermott) (3 Jul 2013)

Civil War Era: Winslow Homer's War -- Finding Inspiration (4 Jul 2013)

Civil War Era: Thoughts Upon Reading the News of Lincoln's Death (by Brendan McDermott) (5 Jul 2013)

World War I and Eastman Kodak: Reconnaissance Mission, 1917 (The Gilbert S. Dey Archive) 13 Jul 2013


Looking for Tara

Green Tara: Sweet Compassion (tangka)

Chemchok Heruka tangka: lost in the in-between

On being a COLLECTOR

The Collector | The Collector, 2

What Spirit Gives Things Their Life?

What Possessed You to Buy That Thing??? Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Mad In Pursuit on Categorizing and Dating Antique Postcards

1 - Postcard Eras | 2 - Black & White Postcards | 3 - Color Postcards


Themes emerging from beginning sales on eBay.


THE SUDDEN SILENCE: A Tale of Suspense and Found Treasure (2015) Thailand: lovers of ancient treasure tangle with international black markets. Delia Rivera pulls Martin Moon back into the game and their quest turns deadly. In paperback and Kindle editions.

TRIBE OF THE BREAKAWAY BEADS: Book of Exits and Fresh Starts (2011) Time after time, Mary asks herself: Do I go or do I stay? She finds her power in her ancestors: Smart women turn discontent into action. An illustrated memoir in paperback and Kindle editions.

PASSION AND PERIL ON THE SILK ROAD: A Thriller in Pakistan and China (2008) The twin forces of revenge and redemption drive Nellie MacKenzie and Taylor Jackson on a crazed adventure into the heart of Central Asia. They grapple with issues of ethics, trust, rage, and bitter heartbreak -- as well as the intrigue of the international antiquities trade. In paperback and Kindle editions.



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