Monthly Archives: November 2012

Dilly bag

Maria Øien This is a dilly bag, also known as a string bag, an object that has obvious functional attributes. But is that all? Once they were incorporated into art world contexts dilly bags were appreciated for their fine craftsmanship … Continue reading

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The three mysteries

Joao Rickli This picture portrays an artwork called “The three mysteries”, by Sandro Ka, a young artist who lives in Porto Alegre, in the southern part of Brazil. It is a good example of Sandro Ka’s technique, based mainly on … Continue reading

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Colonial silver coins in central India

Amit Desai Villagers in central India didn’t think much of their coinage when they compared them with the British ones I showed them. Whereas the British coins were ‘heavy’ (bhari) and ‘shiny’ (chamakdar), and were thus considered to contain silver … Continue reading

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Light

Pauline Garvey What does this window adornment do? And who is it for? Is it for residents or pedestrians- or does it mark an interface? Elin and Robert are a professional middle-class couple in their thirties. Arriving in their apartment … Continue reading

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Three-piece lace ensemble for men

Barbara Plankensteiner Lace ensemble for men Southwestern Nigeria, around 1971 Cotton fabric with industrial eyelet embroidery. Produced by Ernst Grabherr Company  Lustenau or Nigerwest, Lagos, Nigeria Agbada gown: L: 125 cm, buba shirt: L: 80 cm, sokoto pants: L. 104 … Continue reading

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Sculpture in an Indian home

Amit Desai The two sculptures in this picture can be found in the home of Mr and Mrs Chadha of Chennai, India. They sit on a low table, placed against a long wall of the Chadhas’ well-appointed living room. Around … Continue reading

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