Tag Archives: Japanese

The View From Where You Sit: Personal Magnification Devices

Microscope: 3 convex lenses in the inner cylinder, fitting into shagreen (snakeskin)- covered tube, with gilt-bronze finial cap and tripod stand, optics by Passemant, ingénieur du roi, France, c. 1750 photo: metmuseum.org

by Melody Amsel-Arieli   Simple magnification devices, like water-filled spheres and rock crystal (quartz) “burning glasses” were known around the Mediterranean and across the Middle East in ancient times. These evidently served not only to light kindling but also to cauterize wounds and enlarge texts. According to Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder, Nero viewed gladiator […]

Antiques Peek: November 2019

Antiques Peek: November 2019

Small, Beautiful, and Masterful by Jessica Kosinski They say good things come in small packages. Netsuke are tiny figures that prove that point. The little, ornate objects are highly collectible. They are so popular that originals and reproductions can be found in multiple countries in shops, as well as museums. But what are they exactly? […]

What's Selling on eBay: January 2019

What's Selling on eBay: January 2019

by Deborah Abernethy and Mike McLeod $4,438 (21 bids, 14 bidders): Rare Vintage Antique Japanese Blue Glass Fishing Float Signed Rolling Pin, 5.75 inches. I have looked this float over, and there are no cracks that I detect. I believe some of the photos show a line that looks like a crack, but it is […]

Museum Highlights: July 2016

Museum Highlights: July 2016

Mood Indigo: Textiles from Around the World On Exhibit Through October 9, 2016 The Seattle Asian Art Museum – Seattle, WA This summer, the Seattle Asian Art Museum celebrates a color rich with history in the exhibition Mood Indigo: Textiles from Around the World. Drawn primarily from the Museum’s textile collection, the exhibit illuminates the […]