Borderland or dead end?

Do you think of tombs as marking a threshold, a commemoration of that ultimate borderland between life on earth and an after life?  Or do you see tombs as signalling the end of a person's existence?  In reviewing a show currently at the China Institute Gallery, I discovered that the Jin dynasty in 13th-century China may … Continue reading Borderland or dead end?

NOTHING LIKE A BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY

When I lived in Turin way back when, the best museum in town was the Museo Egizio which has an amazing collection of mummies that I don't think my brother has ever gotten over.  For the first time since  1966, I went back this summer -- and, at least for me,  the mummies have competition:  … Continue reading NOTHING LIKE A BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY