Over the years I\u2019ve come to see that age alone is not a virtue. Not for people \u2013 and not for collectible antiques.\nIt goes without saying that the object must have innate beauty because if that were not present, we would feel no attraction or desire to possess it. If age were the only criterion my shelves would be overflowing with ordinary stones as these are perhaps the oldest discrete objects I encounter.\nAge AND beauty.\nBut there is a one more factor that also adds to the attraction of the object (in my view).\nIt is the experiences that it has lived through that are embedded forever in it. Our eyes cannot \u2018see\u2019 these as they are invisibly embedded but our our minds can. And because the width and depth of these experiences\u00a0 increases with the passage of time, age is usually a good metric to measure these with.\nIt is the life that the object has lived within its culture \u2013 the ceremonies, the lifestyle, the cultural history that it has participated in heartily that gives it much of its character.\nAnd this aspect makes it absolutely precious.\nFor when it separates from its own setting and enters my life, it brings with it the ethos and atmosphere of another time, another place and an alternate lifestyle \u2013 and it is THAT which I am seeking \u2013 it is that alternateness that drives me.\nTo live many lives within this one life. At least through these bits and pieces for faraway.\n\u201cIt\u2019s not the years in the life that matter \u2013 it is the life in the years that count\u201d\n***\nHere is an example:\n\nIn terms of the work that went in to creating this Thangka from Mongolia it is beautiful but not extraordinary.\nBut the life lived within the monastery is evident through the character of the darkening. The incense, the smoke from the butter lamps all filling the room in which this was hung made it this way. It evokes visions of a dimly lit monastery filled with chanting of a thousand monks sitting in austere discipline and living out their calling.\nTHAT is the magic in this piece that a new piece simply cannot have.\nAnd that is the true value of this piece.\nAs far as dollars are concerned \u2013 we just fix something arbitrary for commerce. But that is trivial and has nothing to do with it\u2019s value.\n***\nSee more of Asset 1111 here:\n\n\u00a0\njm\nJuly 2017\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nThe post Life in the Years / Years in the Life appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.