When I was in Tunis, I was offered antiquities for sale on a number of occasions. As a heritage specialist, I know what treasure hunters do to graves and archaeological sites. So I always refuse to…Continue
Recently, it has come to my attention that some in our community think that only objects of the purest silver and gold are worth collecting. People collect for many different reasons, and there is…Continue
I am currently searching for a copy of a book entitled "Les Costumes Traditionnels Feminins de Tunisie" by Aziza Ben Tanfous (ca. 1970). If anyone has seen a copy of this book for sale, I would be…Continue
When visiting Hong Kong, a visit to the Jade Market on Kansu Street (near Tin Hau Temple) is highly recommended. You will see a bit of local color and if you are not bothered by aggressive sales tactics, it is a fun outing. Yes, there are a lot of tourists, but local Hong Kong residents also buy here (although I…Continue
When I lived in Tunisia, I frequented Monsieur Moncef Helioui's shop on many occassions. He and his brother have a dusty, yet wonderful little shop on the Rue Jamiya Zetouna in the old Medina. They are descendants of Ahmed Helioui, a well known 20th century silver smith in Tunis.
I have a number of items in my collection that were purchased from the Freres Helioui. Shortly before I left Tunisia, Monsieur Moncef told me about a book that he was writing. I was very delighted to come…Continue
Recently I learned that my favorite store in Greenwich Village has closed. Along with the death of David Bowie, this was another cultural loss to mark the passing of my youth. Back in the 1980s I sported spiked hair, purple lipstick and a pair of black shoes with silver skull buckles. I always walked around with a…Continue