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Fascinating collectibles

Going to Zeba and Juisse's home has always been unadulterated fun. This is whether I wanted 500 words of any topic related to visual art or whether I wanted to have an unusual or overseas cultural personality interviewed.

The couple is known for their mastery over painting and sculpture with their works hung even in Toronto and in most luxurious homes of successful business tycoons in town. They have a rare collection of fascinating foreign masks, “shoras” (coloured clay cooking pot covers), artefacts and uniquely selected and presented bric-a-bracs.

Even though the current six rooms are all that the couple have at Banani -- having gone there a decade back, one doesn't feel claustrophobic -- sunshine and breeze flow through these collector's items.

They are finally shifting off to their wonderful, large but cosy home with endless plants (six trucks full), paintings and what have you. They wouldn't have moved from that spot had there not been an incredible escalation of rent prices all over Dhaka. Realising the soaring prices of rice, sugar and average food items, and rickshaw fare prices (along with the shocking rise in the price of gold in the world market), they built their home in Uttara.

At first, Zeba and Juisse picked everything that took their fancy, just as foreign visitors do all over the world. Even if people are on the riverside or seaside, a collection of shells and driftwood are items which one can't ever resist.

Since time immemorial, people have collected statues and sometimes entire monuments, as did Napoleon Bonaparte of France. So did the British Colonial rulers, who picked up the Peacock Throne and the Kohinoor diamond from India.

Africa too had its collectors and plunderers. “King Solomon's Mines” a famous film with Deborah Kerr and Stewart Granger is not just based on a legend and a book. The large European museums are full of collector's items, with the English ones holding you spellbound for months.

Similarly the Louvre has had visitors going there for months and repeating their tours just to see the collections of kings and adventurers. Even Hermitage has its own share of treasured items, which people spend a fortune seeing -- putting aside the plane fare and the pension charges.

As time went by, the couple were more selective.

Masks and paintings were there from literally every part of the world, including Aussie Land, with the typically dotted ones of the wonderfully artistic Aborigines. These were arranged in such angles that they took up the least space. One felt the walls were tapestries of gems from every continent.

The figures on the masks and the scenes on the paintings danced with the rhythm of life. Nothing was garish in this treasured collection of senior art teachers. The placing of the items was supremely subtle as regards the colour combinations, the forms and lines of curio pieces, taking care to highlight even the “mena work” ( gold and silver colours) with their “khari”-like effect.

The animal and the fish characteristics as well as the feathers and the fins of the Bangkok deities carefully blended with raw, naïve pieces of glowering animals of the jungles -- with the tongue and teeth appearing as realistic as the 3D eyes. The animal, human and serpent forms went well with the leaves and flowers of the stories that were being portrayed on the “shoras” of the Subcontinent.

Again, the paintings often portrayed the details of the Mughal court, as when Akbar was depicted with the fanfare and glamour of his throne placed in a garden. The courtiers in their bejewelled silk and satin accoutrement looked on, paying homage to the great emperor of India -- who ruled the rivers, seas and land.

The preparing of the princesses for their lord and master was also depicted in detail in the paintings that sometimes took the form of “pashas” or gold coins. These Mughal extravaganzas were usually collected from cities in UP and New Delhi. The Rajput royal courts, with the merriment, dancing, courting and merrymaking on festivals were a part of the rare collection of the connoisseurs.

British colonial ways of the past were captured in the dainty dolls with the 'native' lady in waiting. These were delicate facsimiles made from straw and cloth. Ceramic and cloth are seen in the contribution in more delicate porcelain decoration pieces.

By Fayza Haq
Photo courtesy: Zeba and Juisse



Kunio Yamada, Chairman and CEO of Rohto Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd, OSAKA, Japan has recently visited Bangladesh. Rohto Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd headquartered in OSAKA, Japan, is more than 112 years old and one of the major global health and personal care companies in the world with a presence in more than 150 countries through subsidiaries and business partners.

As a part of global expansion, ROHTO group incorporated their Bangladesh operation; Rohto-Mentholatum (Bangladesh) Limited on 29 September, 2010.

At present ROHTO is successfully marketing three leading Japanese personal care brands in Bangladesh.

The brands are Acnes - the first medicated skin care brand in Bangladesh, LipIce - first complete Lip Care Brand (specialising in lip care) and OXY - the first dedicated men's brand.

Bay Emporium at Badda

A new 'Bay Emporium' outlet has been inaugurated at Badda, Dhaka. Shamsur Rahman Chairman of Bay Group and M A Quader, CEO, Bay Emporium Ltd formally inaugurated the outlet. Buyers will get an attractive range of shoes for men, women and children in this beautifully decorated Bay outlet.

Monirul Morshed, Retail Sales Manager of Bay Emporium Ltd, Mujahidul Islam Shahin, Area Manager, Faisal Haque, Advertising and Promotion Officer and other officials of the company were present at the opening ceremony.

Moment's Wedding Package

If you are looking for the perfect wedding planner for your big day ahead, look no further. Amidst all the tension, the social pressure, planning your wedding all becomes highly stressful. To ease the process, Moment's Wedding Management House has offered some excellent packages for you to choose from. From decorating the Wedding Stage to managing the dalas for the Holud, moment caters to your every need. Also available are floral decorations for any given occasion, organising birthdays, corporate meetings and decorations for conferences. For details contact, Moments, House #3, Road #72, Gulshan #2. #9899643, 8837560.


With 2012 just days away, Star Lifestyle wishes all its valued readers, contributors, advertisers and patrons a joyous New Year. Our journey would not have been possible without your suggestions; your views; your contributions. Happy New Year!


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