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Currently I am reading the Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky translation of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace. In the introduction they write that theirs’ is the most accurate translation to date. Tolstoy would often use the same word over and over in one paragraph. Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky retained all the repetitions, unlike most of their predecessors. Many years ago I read the Constance Garnett translation. She pretty much set the standard for translating Russian authors into…
Dragons in the arts
Chinese Antique Blue Glazed Porcelain Vase with a dragon encircling around the neck - Qing Dynasty The Dragon - symbol of life, growth and bringer of harmony, virtue, riches, fulfillment and longevity. In Eastern art, as far as mythical creatures go, the dragon still attracts the most attention. Most likely because it is revered for its courage, inspiration, creativity and luck. Every 12 years when the Year Of The Dragon comes around there is a spike in childbirths in Asia. Images of the…
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A 19th Century Chinese ivory dragon pattern sprung bangle inset with ruby cabochon eyes, the finely carved dragon head to the sixty finely carved scale back links
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19th Century Chinese Kingfisher Feather & Coral Earrings, 14K Wires, (sold) These are as found, but were likely adapted into earrings from something else– probably a hair ornament. They work well as...
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