Robert Hunter (Ed.). Ceramics in America

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ROBERT HUNTER (ed.). Ceramics in America. xv+323 pages, colour & b&w figures, 1 table. 2003. Milwaukee (WI): Chipstone Foundation; 0-9724353-1-X (ISSN 1533-7154) paperback.

SURINDER SINGH. Sikh coinage: symbol of Sikh sovereignty. 283 pages, 16 figures. 2004. New Delhi: Manohar; 81-7304-533-X hardback Rs995.

RAY RIEGERT & THOMAS MOORE (ed.). The lost sutras of Jesus: unlocking the ancient wisdom of the Xian monks, xi+ 140 pages, 8 figures. 2004. London: Souvenir; 0-285-63692-8 paperback 7.99 [pounds sterling].

The third annual review on Ceramics in America includes nine articles that range from studies of Staffordshire wares and potters to 'the chamber pot as a mirror of its time' (I.N. Hume) and 'collecting Long Island redware'. There follow notes on 'New discoveries' in the USA and Wales, and reviews. The volume has been splendidly produced. Enjoyably partisan, Dr SINGH provides historical and cultural context for Sikh coinage, which was struck in 1710-13 and 1765-1845.

Aurel Stein, among others, obtained parts of the collection discovered in the Library Cave at Dunhuang. These and other parts, according to RIEGERT & MOORE, included manuscripts in which principles of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism combine with Christian elements. …