The Amarillo College Museum has several floors and this Friday, after Thanksgiving, Alan, Cousin Jim and Scott ,visit both of them.

On the second floor, one of the museum’s permanent exhibits features sculptures carved from sandstone dating from the 1st century in Thailand, Cambodia, and India.The sculpture has been donated to the college by local Dr. William T. Price and his wife, Jimmie Dell Price. The exhibit seems an anomaly in Texas cow country with windmills, barbed wire fences and branding irons crossed over gateways the main artistic endeavors.

When carved, the craftsman/artist started with a simple block of sandstone and then carved away sand till they reached what was in their mind’s eye. There is no going back with this art, no pasting sand back. If you make an error the entire sculpture is ruined and days and days of work are annihilated. 

These sculptor’s, like brain surgeon Dr. Price, worked slowly and meticulously with sharp instruments, good eyes, and patience.

How objects survive from the first century is mind boggling.

The past lives quietly in the present and speaks to those who want to hear.

 

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