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I love and collect these pieces for the joy they bring me in fulfilling my ideas of beauty and spirituality. It is the mystical experience as exemplified in the faces of these images, the manner in which they are ornamented, and the beauty and technique of the craftsmanship in fulfilling this rendering that interests me most. I think the average Western collector responds similarly. If one gets caught up in the religion or a spiritual quest alone, then the art becomes a minor issue: they generally do not go together. I do not know of any serious collector who is a devotee of the religion.


I think it would be much easier to say "Yeah, we're the same as other hippies, only rich."
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The transformation of something fundamentally tenuous and insecure into something aggressively self-evident became the mark of success of nationalist ideology. And it was in this creative period of formation and self-formulation, that the fiction of an "Indian" history most effectively naturalized is presence.

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