Some sculptures exhibited are behind glass, others are open to visitors to peer at closely, peek at the small shadows in the creases of the faces. Some of the work is utilitarian, made to ornament balustrades and pillars. Other works stood in temples before kneeling worshipers and burning incense.

Antiquity never quite leaves us, though we try to leave it.

Conserving the past, especially if it is someone else’s, is precious.

 

 

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