Unearthed treasures

Okay, I admit it, I have a predilection for terrifying creatures whose sole job is to frighten away demons and evil spirits.  These two tomb guardian beasts (or zhenmushou for those of us who try to learn these terms...not that we always succeed in remembering them...) are typical in form but pretty rare in terms … Continue reading Unearthed treasures


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