Monthly Archives: November 2011

Looting Issues in China

In China, looting is taken by many as another way of supporting their families. Many farmers, construction workers, and criminal gangs loot because their living expenses are very high and they need to make their money quickly. One ancient farmer … Continue reading

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The Resurrection of Bianzhong (the set of bells)

Bianzhong was first discovered in China in 1978. Since then the Chinese government and researchers have spared no efforts in resurrecting the bells and the art in relevance. With numerous difficulties ahead, researches kept on exploring the mysteries of the … Continue reading

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“patriotic” acts as people from China go to London buy arts

  China has a long history and comparatively a long history means a more richness of arts. However there was a time when a lot of Chinese art were leaked out of the country for all kinds of reasons. So … Continue reading

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The Double Standard: China’s Promotion & Oppression of their Art

In 2009, China opened its first ever joint exhibition with Taiwan, 60 years after they split amid civil war. With improving relations between the two former rivals, Taiwan’s National Palace Museum displayed 37 loaned items from Beijing in a three-month … Continue reading

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Pakistan Reclaims Buddha Statue as a Cultural Artifact

After being informed that an extremely valuable 3rd or 4th century statue of a fasting Buddha had been advertised as up for auction by the arts auction house Christie, UNESCO put a halt to the auction and Islamabad’s Department of … Continue reading

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Angkorian Statues Uncovered in Cambodia

  Two large headless Buddha statues have been uncovered during an excavation at the Ta Prohm temple in the Angkor Wat palace complex. Both statues are headless- if they were complete, they would be around 10 feet tall, making them … Continue reading

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Paint Restoration in Chartres Cathedral

Although we often think nowadays of Gothic cathedrals having always been constructed of bare stone, many Gothic churches instead had painted interiors, with the paint used to emphasize architectural details. One of the cathedrals which we know was painted was … Continue reading

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Newly Appointed Bell Ringer Brings Music to the Cathedral of Notre-Dame

There has been a dispute in Cathedral of Notre-Dame ever since the newly appointed chief sacristan and bell ringer Stéphane Urbain has brought “minor revolution” about the use of the bells. These bells, dating as far back as 1680, were … Continue reading

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