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This bronze bowl was found by a farmer near the city of Gyumri, Armenia. It was created during thereign of the Chinese Xuande Emperor (1399-1435 CE, reigned from 1425 to 1435 CE) of MingDynasty (1368-1644 CE).   The inscription in Chinese "年製宣德大明" ( pinyin "Nián zhì Xuāndé dàmíng") says "Made duringthe reign of Xuande of Great Ming". The artifact is visual evidence of the Armenian-Chinese socio-cultural ties developed through the Silk Road international trade routes. Photo courtesy: Ruben Giney

In 1944, Mathias Komor, a  New York dealer (1909 - 1984), sold a Tang-dynasty (8thcentury BCE) small-scaled figurine (overall: 33.5 x 16.3 x 16.3 cm) to the Museum of FineArts, Boston, for $850. The current artifact is described in the MFA online collection as “AMan of West Asian type (probably an Armenian wine merchant) holding a leopard skinbottle”. It’s a bearded, large-eyed male figure with the aquiline nose (a Roman nose orhook nose) in the form of three-coloured glazed earthenware (sancai) with red slip. In the 8th century, people from across Eurasia headed to the Tang capital at Chang'an(modern Xi'an) to

By Ani Margaryan It’s noteworthy that lavash and its making process rarely come into sight as a focus forcontemporary art installations. We are fortunate to witness its employment as a basic material forgroundbreaking installation that occupies a whole room at 117 North Artsakh Avenue in Glendale,California. Being a substantial part of “My Relic”, a public artwork created by the female artistgroup “She Loves Collective”, every single item in the room, walls, sofa, laptop, table withcandlesticks, literally every object is made from lavash.In terms of repetitive motif coverage of the entire space, it evokes certain references to YayoiKusama’s compulsive use of polka

By Ani Margaryan Have you ever seen an artwork that is all about one single, intensive, capturing colour your eyescan’t get enough of? Yves Klein’s “Blue Venus” (1961) (Pic.1) is one of that kind: the deep-bluecolour has enveloped the entire figure of the goddess of beauty epitomising the concept of attraction   itself and immersing the viewer to shrink into its profoundness of dark-cerulean texture.   The blue has always been a source of awe, tranquillity, presence of divine for the first knowncivilisations to nowadays audiences, but in comparison with Klein’s “Blue Venus” (painted plaster),the captivating deep-blue colour of centuries-old artworks, jewellery and figurines

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