Quite possibly the first pair of sunglasses ever made. Not only did they keep out sun glare, but they also kept out all that sand that was blasting around the Taklamakan desert. Imagine if you were a Silk Road merchant sitting on your camel, peddling your silks and spices. You’d probably want to sport this [...]
Working in a museum can sometimes seem like an exercise in eternal patience. You seem to always be planting the seed of something that will only come to fruition weeks, months, or even years from now. One such project has been my dream of having the Chinese paintings in our collection (some of which have [...]
It’s great when you find something that is beautiful and also conveys a great amount of information.
This is not one of those circumstances.
Pure 19th-century eye candy.