In addition to the Chinese origins of Zen Buddhism, present day use of the word ZEN also refers to unity of mind and body, as well as intense mental focus.
We include ZEN in our name Past Prezence (our sister site) out of respect for the workmanship that went into so many of the pieces being offered. It was common for a stone carver to spend weeks if not months working on a single small jade sculpture. Similar time went into most of the hand painted Chinese porcelains even though they were not destined for the emperor’s use. The same can be said for the effort to produce extremely fine printed silks scarves and garments, very fine bead work in some antique ladies purses, carved wood screens and sculpture, Mother of Pearl cabinetry, and many more mediums.
We created a most unusual space to view the range of these fine works. Everything is priced reasonably including many very affordable items.