Dunhuang Research Institute ed: SICHOU ZHI LU SHANG DE WENHUA JIAOLIU: TUFAN SHIQI YISHU ZHENPIN ZHAN. Cultural Exchange Along the Silk Road: Masterpieces of the Tubo Period (7th-9th Centuries). Beijing, 2020. 350 pp. Colour plates throughout, many full page. 30x22 cm. Cloth.
GBP 350.00
Catalogue of an exhibition held at the Dunhuang Research Institute Exhibition Centre at the Mogao caves outside Dunhuang. The first-ever exhibition to explore the history and cultural legacy of the Tibetan Tubo kingdom which flourished c.618-842 AD at the time of the Tang dynasty in China. The Tubo kingdom was the most powerful period in Tibet's history and, in addition to Tibet, also controlled the present-day Chinese provinces of Qinghai, Xinjiang, Gansu, parts of Sichuan and Yunnan, as well as Ferghana, parts of the Himalayas and Bangladesh. It presented a significant threat to the Tang who sought to allay its power through treaties, intermarriage and cultural exchange. Given its geographic presence straddling the Silk Road, there was also much cultural interaction with other central Asian cultures. The Tubo also influenced art at Dunhuang. A number of caves show Tubo influence and numerous Tibetan documents from the time of the kingdom were found in the walled-up library. The exhibition showed over 120 stunning exhibits in seven sections. Major loans from museums in China, mostly from museums along the Silk Road, Qinghai and Tibet, together with objects loaned from collections abroad, notably, objects from the Pritzer collection and ancient central Asian textiles from the Abegg-Stiftung Foundation. The objects date predominantly from the 2nd- 9th centuries AD with much material from the time of the Tubo period and the Tang dynasty. Much on cross-cultural contacts at the time, particularly with the Sassanians. Illustrated throughout. 17 page index giving list of exhibits with brief descriptions in English. Main text in Chinese.
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Subjects: Silk Road Archaeology
Can be ordered in, as of: 12/02/2022
Was item 6 in printed List 202.
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