Objects of Veneration

This project is an appreciation of objects, often made for cultic or religious purposes by anonymous makers from all parts of the earth over the past centuries and millennia. Each object is identified by source and provenance as possible.

artist's statement


Ancient Mask I, gouache on handmade paper, 30 x 20 in. (from 6000 year old facial ossuary – burial urn – found in the Galilee) 2012

Ancient Mask II, gouache on handmade paper, 30 x 20 in. (from 6000 year old facial ossuary – burial urn – found in the Galilee) 2012

Ancient Mask III, gouache on handmade paper, 30 x 20 in. (from 6000 year old facial ossuary – burial urn – found in the Galilee) 2012

I Went to the Animal Fair” mixed media with gouache on handmade paper, 32 x 22 in. (from ceramic zodiac figures from the Northern Wei Dynasty, 6th Century in the Seattle Asian Museum) 2012

Santo Angel” mixed media with gouache, charcoal, and chalk on handmade paper, 32 x 22 in. (from handcarved Santo Angel made in the 19th Century in Cebu, Philippines, from the artist's collection) 2012

Crucifix” gouache on handmade paper, 32 x 22 in. (17th Century handcarved crucifix from Guatamala, collection of Yonnah Ben Levy) 2013

Memsaab” gouache on handmade paper, 32 x 22 in. (from head of a puppet from India, early 20th century, from the artist's collection) 2013

Terracotta Figure, gouache on handmade paper, 31 x 21 in. (from miniature, 5 in. sculpture by Yonnah Ben Levy) 2012

One Kid (Had Gadya) (gouache on handmade paper, 28 x 20 in.) 2013

Insomnia” (Nail Fetish, Congo, 20th Century, collection of David Cassera) 2013

Netsuke (Kabuki musician, Japan, from the artist's collection) 2013

Relic (Central America, mid 20th Century, from collection of Jack Gunter) 2013

Hathor, gouache on handmade paper, 32 x 22 in. 2014

Stele, mixed media with encaustic on handmade paper, 31 x 21 in. 2014

Heaven and Earth (from 3000 year old terracotta Philistine temple model) in the collection of Museum of Philistine Culture, oil pastels and crayon on handmade paper, 26 x 20 (private collection) 2015



Three Faces of Eve, mixed media with gouache and charcoal on handmade paper, 21 x 31 in. (from cult figurines at the Bible Lands Museum, Jerusalem, 2500 BCE) 2013

Scarab (Middle Bronze Age) mixed media with gouache and charcoal on Fabriano paper, 22 x 30 in. 2012

Riders, gouache on handmade paper, 22 x 32 (from Persian miniature in artist's collection) 2013

Rattle, gouache on handmade paper, 22 x 32 (NW Coast Native American in artist's collection) 2013

Ode to a Grecian Urn, mixed media on handmade paper, 22 x 32, 2014

Siren, mixed media with nail polish on handmade paper, 22 x 32, 2014

Eskimo Effigies, oil pastels on handmade paper, 21 x 27 in. 2015

Ancestor Effigy, (China, 17th Century) gouache and enamel on handmade paper, 22 x 32 in. 2016





Shard I, mixed media with oil pastels, crayon, and charcoal 20 x 27 in. on handmade paper, 2017

African Masks, mixed media with oil pastels on handmade paper, 19x 27 in. 2016

The Dead (Elysium or Bust)” (late Roman Effigies) mixed media with oil pastels on handmade paper, 20 x 27 in. 2017






Herd Boy, oil pastels on handmade paper, 21 x 31 in., 2017

Shard III, oil pastels on handmade paper, 21 x 31 in. 2017

White Horse, oil pastels, gouache, and gesso on handmade paper, 21 x 31 in. 2017

Shard II, mixed media with oil pastels, crayon, and charcoal on handmade paper, 2017

Santo Virgin, oil pastels on handmade paper, 30 x 20 in. 2017

Petroglyphs, mixed media on handmade paper, 21 x 31 in. 2016

Ancient Coins, mixed media with oil pastels on handmade paper, 27 x 20 in. 2017

Queen, mixed media with oil pastels, crayon, and charcoal on handmade paper, 27 x 20 in, 2019

The Wine Dark Sea, mixed media with oil pastels on handmade paper, 26 x 20 in. 2020

Birds Head Haggadah, mixed media with oil pastels, crharcoal, and graphite on handmade paper, 20 x 26 in. 2020

Fallen Gods and Titans, mixed media with oil pastels and charcoal on handmade paper, 19 ½ x 25 ½ in. 2020

The Martyrdom of St. Sebastian, gouache on handmade paper, 20 x 25 ½ in. 2020


The Golden Calf, oil pastels on handmade paper, 20 x 25 ½ in. 2020

The Brazen Serpent, gouache and pastels on handmade paper, 36 ½ x 31 in. 2020

Pass Over” gouache on handmade paper, 34 x 20 in. 2020


Male and Female Figurines from Ancient Lebanon, mixed media, pastels, colored pencils, chalk on handmade paper, 18 x 26 in.


Mimbres (Sandstone Figurines from New Mexico), mixed media with gouache on handmade paper, 20 x 31 in.

Hermes, mixed media with charcoal, chalk, and pastels on handmade paper, 17 ½ x 22 ½ in.


Poseidon and Amphitrite, oil pastels on handmade paper, 16 x 20 in.

Nike (Winged Victory), mixed media with gouache on handmade paper, 22 ½ x 17 ½ in.

Eros (Cupid), gouache on handmade paper, 34 x 20 in.


Don Quixote, mixed media with crayons, gouache, and soft pastels on handmade rice paper, 26 x 18 in.

Neolithic Ivory Carving, gouache and crayon on handmade paper, 34 x 16 in.


Carved Baroque Angel, crayons and gouache on handmade paper, 36 x 24 in.


African Carving My Mother Gave Me, gouache on handmade paper, 28 x 21 in.


Housepost, Eagle Clan, Bella Bella, BC, gouache on handmade paper, 21x29 in.

Egyptian Eyes, encaustic wax, 13 ½ x 21 in.

Turtle Carving, Philippines, early 20th century, gouache, pastels, graphite on handmade paper, 22 x 29 in.

Netsuke II, gouache and sumi ink on handmade paper, 20 x 29 in.



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