Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Lion and The Dancer

A striking pair of 19th century Japanese bronze lions have recently been installed at the entrance to the Asian Art Museum. The lions traveled over the centuries from Japan to an English garden to auction houses and most recently the entrance of a Trader Vic's at the upscale Dinah's Garden Hotel in Palo Alto. Raymond G. Handley, an industrial real estate developer in Silicon Valley, opened the hotel in 1957, and after his death in 2009, his widow Marsha donated the two big cats to the museum. It's a great gift, as they look very happy in their new location.

Inside the museum on Saturday, there was a Sundanese Dance exhibition in the North Court near the gift shop.

The Sundanese are the second largest ethnic group in Indonesia, and were represented by the dancer Diah Agustin above, performing traditional dances to prerecorded music.

She didn't look like someone you wanted to mess with.

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