Used in Tibetan Buddhism, which was practiced at the Chinese court throughout the fifteenth century, this finial would have capped a long staff used in rituals to quell demons that are symbolic of obstacles that must be overcome to reach enlightenment. Depicted on this implement are an overflowing vase—an Indic symbol of abundance—and three heads—one human, one decaying, and one skeletal—representing the inevitability of change and death.
Finial for a Buddhist staff (khatvanga)
Period: Ming dynasty (1368–1644) Date: early 15th century Culture: China Medium: Ivory
Miguel Chevalier Spreads Magic Carpets 2014 Over Sacre Coeur in Morocco - “Magic Carpets 2014′ by French artist Miguel Chevalier is an interactive light display spread out across the floor of the former Sacré Coeur church in Casablanca, Morocco. Covering it with a huge layer of light, the work references the world of biology, microorganisms, and cellular automata – as cells have the ability to multiply in abundance, divide and merge at different paces. Pieces come together, fall apart and transform in shape at rapid speeds. The displayed organic universe mingles with a digital construction of overlapping pixels.”
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Exhibition Magazine Spring/Summer 2014 Cover by Pierre Debusschere | Spider Of The Evening by Salvador Dalì, 1940
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