Stories By Maya Tola
Mughal Gardens, Paradise on EarthSeptember 15, 2020
The Mughal regime is a well-documented era and the cultural achievements of this period are an important landmark in South Asian art history. While the awe-inspiring buildings, tombs, and mausoleums of this period are renowned for...
The Art of Jewels: Spinel, the Ruby ImpersonatorAugust 31, 2020
The spinel, also known as the balas ruby, was first derived from the historic region of Badakshan in Central Asia. These beautiful gemstones usually occur in a red hue, much like their more famous relative, the ruby....
The Love Affair of Radha and Krishna in ArtAugust 28, 2020
The love story of Radha and Krishna has been immortalized in art by poets, musicians, writers, and painters over the long history of Hinduism. The divine pair is often referred to as the single unit of “Radha...
American Gothic Revival Highlights: Duke Chapel, North CarolinaAugust 27, 2020
The Duke University Chapel is a prime example of Collegiate Gothic architecture in the United States. It is also one of the most beautiful buildings in the American South. The term chapel is perhaps an understatement....
Jali in Mughal Architecture, the Most Delicate Stone CurtainsAugust 20, 2020
The jali, or pierced screens, have been extensively employed in Indian construction since time immemorial. They appear in both Hindu and Islamic architecture. These latticed and perforated slabs of wood or stone have been masterfully rendered...
Khaled al-Asaad — The Hero of PalmyraAugust 18, 2020
Five years ago on August 18, 2015, the world-renowned Palmyran expert Khaled al-Asaad was brutally murdered by the Islamic State (ISIS) after weeks of torture. Shortly before ISIS took over his hometown of Tadmur, al-Asaad had...
Shiva Linga IconographyAugust 12, 2020
The Shiva Linga or Shiva Lingam is a highly regarded and widely recognized icon in the Hindu world. This curious phallic structure has been worshipped by many generations of Hindus and the practice continues to be...
Art Travels: Taj Mahal, IndiaAugust 7, 2020
Located on the southern bank of the river Yamuna in Agra, a little over a 100 miles outside New Delhi, is India’s most famous monument and one of the most recognizable architectural marvels of the world....
Emeralds in Ten Exquisite ArtifactsAugust 5, 2020
Emeralds are arguably the most beautiful of all gemstones and have been revered by many cultures all over the world. Though the largest emeralds come from Colombia, it is believed that the first known emeralds were mined...
Eid Al-Adha — Seven Beautiful Mosques Around the WorldJuly 30, 2020
Eid al-Adha is observed between the 10th to the 13th days of the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah. This is the Eid of the sacrifice as it commemorates Ibrahim’s sacrifice or qurbani of his own son,...
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