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CT Scan of 1,000-Year-Old Buddha Statue Reveals Mummified Monk Hidden Inside

CT Scan of 1,000-Year-Old Buddha Statue Reveals Mummified Monk Hidden Inside

February 21, 2015

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Christopher Jobson

What looks like a traditional statue of Buddha dating back to the 11th or 12th century was recently revealed to be quite a bit more. A CT scan and endoscopy carried out by the Netherlands-based Drents Museum at the Meander Medical Centre in Amersfoort, showed the ancient reliquary fully encases the mummified remains of a Buddhist master known as Liuquan of the Chinese Meditation School. While it was known beforehand the remains of a person were inside, another startling discovery was made during the scan: where the organs had been removed prior to mummification, researches discovered rolls of paper scraps covered in Chinese writing. More



Art

Unsettling Ceramic Tableware by Ronit Baranga Incorporates Realistic Mouths and Fingers

Unsettling Ceramic Tableware by Ronit Baranga Incorporates Realistic Mouths and Fingers

Jan.28.15

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Johnny

Israeli ceramicist Ronit Baranga‘s “body of work” is unsettling, to say the least. Sculpted from clay, realistic fingers emerge from plates while mouths lurk inside cups. The gnarled fingers and lips seem poised for action. We would most certainly hesitate before using any of these for fear of being bitten.
The mouth is an interesting element for ceramic tableware as its main purpose, at least conventionally, has been to carry food and drink until it reaches the mouth. More



Art Crafts

Anatomical Specimens Made from Hand-Dyed Wool and Silk by Lana Crooks

Anatomical Specimens Made from Hand-Dyed Wool and Silk by Lana Crooks

Jan.10.15

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Christopher

Wisdom / 11″h x 11″w x 5″d / Hand-dyed wool in Wall-Hanging Shadow Box

Autumn Hawk / 8″h x 5″w x 5″d / Hand-dyed Wool housed in a Glass Dome

Still This Heart / 4″h x 4″w x 4″d / Hand-dyed wool under Glass Dome

Study In Monochrome / 9″h x 5″w x 5″d / Hand-dyed Silk and Wool under Glass Dome
Textile artist Lana Crooks constructs extremely realistic small anatomical specimens from hand-dyed silk and wool. More



History Music

Bone Music: How Banned Western Music in the Soviet Union Was Printed on Repurposed X-Ray Records

Bone Music: How Banned Western Music in the Soviet Union Was Printed on Repurposed X-Ray Records

Dec.30.14

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Christopher

Photos via Jozsef Hajdu and Ksenia Vytuleva

Photos via Jozsef Hajdu
If you asked me when the history of bootleg music began, I would have assumed it arrived with the invention of the cassette tape, something small, inexpensive and portable that was easily duplicated in any garage from deck A to deck B. In reality, widespread bootlegging dates back even further, to the 1950s in the Soviet Union where music lovers, desperate for banned Western tunes, devised an ingenious way to print their own records. More



Art

Mechanical Drawings and the Human Form Merge in Oil Paintings by Atsushi Koyama

Mechanical Drawings and the Human Form Merge in Oil Paintings by Atsushi Koyama

Dec.15.14

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Christopher

Although the meaning behind these oil paintings by Atsushi Koyama is somewhat ambiguous, it’s easy to appreciate the exactness of his paintbrush that colorfully and elegantly depicts mechanical diagrams mixed with anatomical illustrations. Born in Tokyo, Koyama holds both a BFA in art from Tama Art University and a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Tokyo University of Science, so it’s no surprise to see a confluence of both backgrounds in his artwork. You can see more paintings from the last few years over at Frantic Gallery. More



Art Illustration

Surreal Pencil Drawings of Lips by Christo Dagorov

Surreal Pencil Drawings of Lips by Christo Dagorov

Nov.17.14

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Christopher

Switzerland-based illustrator and artist Christo Dagorov created this unusual series of pencil drawings that transform the texture of lips into trees, the aerial layout of a city, and even other human forms. You can see more of his work here. (via I Need a Guide) More



Art

Emil Alzamora’s Distorted Human Figures Appear to Melt, Morph, and Defy Gravity

Emil Alzamora’s Distorted Human Figures Appear to Melt, Morph, and Defy Gravity

Nov.3.14

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Christopher

Artist Emil Alzamora (previously) explores the human body through his figurative sculptures that distort, inflate, elongate, and deconstruct physical forms in order to reveal emotional situations and narratives. Alzamora works with a variety of materials including bronze, gypsum, concrete, and other ceramic materials to create pieces with smooth, almost non-descript surfaces to instead draw attention to shape and scale. Born in Peru, he began sculpting in the fall of 1998 in New York at the Polich Tallix fine art foundry, and has since exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, most recently at Expo Chicago and the International Sculpture Symposium In Icheon in South Korea. More



Art

Nunzio Paci’s Graphite and Oil Paintings Merge Nature and Anatomy

Nunzio Paci’s Graphite and Oil Paintings Merge Nature and Anatomy

Oct.7.14

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Christopher

Italian artist Nunzio Paci works with pencil and oil paints to create strange amalgamations of plants and animals in what he describes as an intent to “explore the infinite possibilities of life, in search of a balance between reality and imagination.” Paci currently has a solo show including several of the pieces you see here at the Palazzo del Podestà in Bologna through October 12. (via Artchipel) More



Art

New Anatomical Collages by Travis Bedel

New Anatomical Collages by Travis Bedel

Oct.1.14

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Christopher

Collage artist Travis Bedel (previously) continues to make intriguing collages with imagery acquired from field guides, textbooks, and vintage etchings. Bedel, who works under the moniker Bedelgeuese, makes both physical and digital collages that form a wild amalgamation of botanical, zoological, and anatomical imagery. For the sake of context it’s important to note that Bedel’s work follows in the same vein as Argentinian art director and designer Juan Gatti who translated his love for gardening and the human form into similar collage work over the last few decades. More



Crafts

Notebooks Adorned with Hand-embroidered Blood Vessels, Insects, and Geometric Patterns

Notebooks Adorned with Hand-embroidered Blood Vessels, Insects, and Geometric Patterns

Sep.30.14

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Christopher

Athens-based Fabulous Cat Papers offers a wide range of hand-made notebooks with embroidered Japanese paper covers featuring anatomical, floral, and geometric designs, all stitched by hand. What you see here is just a peek, see much more here. (via Demilked, Lustik) More



Art

Artist Maskull Lasserre Carves Imagined Skeletons into Souvenir Sculptures and Decoys

Artist Maskull Lasserre Carves Imagined Skeletons into Souvenir Sculptures and Decoys

Aug.20.14

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Christopher

Decoy Study (Duck), 2014. 15 x 5 x 6 inches.
For his latest body of work, artist Maskull Lasserre acquired a number of souvenir sculptures, the kind found in antique stores or craft fairs that have been mass-produced by anonymous artists, which he then used as a foundation for his own artwork. In a process he refers to as “re-carving,” Lasserre removed details from the artist’s original work to reveal intricate skeletal structures, a process we’ve marveled at numerous times over the last few years here on Colossal. More

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