Unearthed Mummy Recalls an Iran before the Ayatollahs

An Islamic revolution ran the shah out of Iran in 1979. Now, his father’s mummified body has resurfaced. AP Photo A mummy unearthed during construction in Iran may be the body of a former shah. For theIslamic regime, the discovery is an unwelcome reminder of Iran’s secular past. For protesters, it holds promise. By Dr. David J. Wasserstein / 05.04.2018 Professor of History and Jewish Studies Vanderbilt[…]

The Hindu Shore Temple at Mamallapuram, India

Shore Temple, Mamallapuram, India (photo: KenWalker, CC-BY-SA-3.0) By Dr. Anisha Saxena / 04.24.2018 Consultant for Northern California on the South Asian Diaspora Project Syracuse University Seashore as canvas The Bay of Bengal (map: NormanEinstein, CC BY-SA 3.0) Along the shores of one of the largest bays in the world, the Bay of Bengal, stands a temple complex that[…]

Visions of Paradise: Illuminated Manuscripts and Infinite Gems from Medieval India and Europe

Krishna Uprooting the Parijata Tree from a Bhagavata Purana manuscript, 1525–50, made in Delhi region or Rajasthan, India. Opaque watercolor and ink on paper, 7 1/4 × 9 1/2 in. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, from the Nasli and Alice Heeramaneck Collection, Museum Associates Purchase, M.72.1.26. Photo © Museum Associates/LACMA Luxury objects from Europe, the Middle East,[…]

The Voyages of a Crouching Venus

An over-life-size statue of the goddess Venus is the centerpiece of J. Paul Getty, the Collector (Gallery 105). The J. Paul Getty Museum, 55.AA.10 This over-life-size sculpture was part of aristocratic English collections throughout the nineteenth century before joining J. Paul Getty’s new museum in 1955. By Judith Barr / 04.24.2018 Curatorial Assistant in Antiquities[…]

The Beauty of Greek and Roman Glass

Greek and Roman Glass (214) in the reinstalled Getty Villa Centuries-old glassworking techniques dazzle the modern eye at the Getty Villa. By Sara E. Cole / 05.03.2018 Curatorial Assistant, Antiquities Department J. Paul Getty Museum With its delicate contours, vibrant colors, and intricate surface ornamentation, Greek and Roman glass made in antiquity is still a delight to[…]