Cambodia finds 12th century artifacts

The Department of Conservation and Archaeology of the National Authority of Preah Vihear unearthed a metal artifact dating back to the 12th century. The news of the discovery was announced on the afternoon of May 22. The artifact was said to e some from of metal pot and was unearthed near the small temple at […]

Tibetan monks told to take blame for statue demolitions

Authorities reportedly said that a 99-foot-tall Buddha statue in Drago was too high. Authorities in western China’s Sichuan province are forcing Tibetan monks to take the blame for the destruction of sacred statues torn down by China, ordering them to sign affidavits claiming responsibility, RFA has learned. The move follows widespread condemnation of the demolitions […]

A £105,000 Chinese vase found among the bric-a-brac

This rare doucai porcelain vase, with Qianlong marks and probably of period, provided a classic tale of discovery in the saga of the Chinese boom. The 8in (20cm) tall vase was spotted by Hannam’s (23% buyer’s premium) junior specialist David Parry among brica- brac during a routine valuation. As with all the best tales, the […]

Explained: Historical significance of Lumbini, the birthplace of The Buddha

Lumbini, located across the border from Gorakhpur in Rupandehi district of Nepal’s Lumbini province, is believed to be the birthplace of the Shakya prince Siddhartha Gautam, who became The Buddha after attaining Enlightenment. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba together laid the foundation stone for the India International Centre for […]

Antiques: Celadon is a pottery for the ages

If there are two classes of goods that dominate the decorative market here in the desert, they would be art glass and studio pottery. Both are midcentury staples and both add shape and color to any decor. Yet while most of our pottery comes from small domestic makers, there are some types with deep roots […]