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Asian Art and History

Asian Art and History

The Silk Road


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Asian Art and History 1

The Ancient Spice and Silk Trade Routes Have Been Given New Life

Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 10:30am
Signature Event Space
Dru Gladney, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Anthropology, Pomona College

The ancient spice and silk trade routes have been given new life with China’s modern Silk Road initiative. This talk will dicuss the rise, fall and rise again of these important trade routes, which have intermittently linked Europe with China for the last two millennia.

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Asian Art and History 2

Gold from the Silk Road

Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 10:30am
Signature Event Space
Jason Sun, Ph.D., Brook Russell Astor Curator of Chinese Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The frequent trade and contact over the Silk Road brought about an unprecedented growth of gold and silver vessels and jewelry before and during the Tang dynasty. Their shapes, decorations and manufacturing techniques, all inspired by the art of the Persian world, had a lasting impact on Chinese decorative arts in the following centuries.

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Asian Art and History 3

Cultural Crossroads: Inner Mongolia and the Steppe Road, 4th-7th Centuries

Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 10:30am
Signature Event Space
Annette Juliano, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Rutgers University

The fantastic discovery of the Yihe-Nur cemetery of five “Xianbei” tombs in northeast Inner Mongolia highlights the once-neglected Steppe or Northern overland trade routes of the Silk Road. Diverse cultural objects coupled with older excavations reveal nomadic, shamanistic cultures and cross-cultural activity between China, Inner Mongolia, North China and Far Eastern cultures.

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Asian Art and History 4

The Maritime Silk Road in the Late-First to Mid-Second Millennium A.D.

Tuesday, February 1, 2022, 10:30am
Signature Event Space
Derek Heng, Ph.D., Professor, Northern Arizona State University

The Maritime Silk Road, which connected Maritime Asia through to the East Coast of Africa, witnessed intense and vibrant interactions for at least the last two thousand years. This talk will provide an overview of these exchanges that occurred during the late-first to mid-second millennium A.D. and showcase the rich diversity of sources presently available to aid our understanding of this important global system of exchange.

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Asian Art and History 5

From Samarkand to Xi’an: Sogdians on the Silk Road

Tuesday, February 8, 2022, 10:30am
Signature Event Space
Judith Lerner, Ph.D., art historian

An East Iranian people who lived in what is today Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, the Sogdians are best known for their mercantile activities along the “Silk Roads.” Their caravans and trading communities across Central Asia into China abetted the intense intercultural exchanges between East and West during the fifth to eigth centuries when Sogdiana flourished.

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Asian Art and History 6

Zoroastrian and Manichaean Arts of the Silk Road

Tuesday, February 15, 2022, 10:30am
Signature Event Space
Zsuzsana Gulasci, Ph.D., Professor of Art History, Asian Studies, and Comparative Religious Studies at Northern Arizona University

Dr. Zsuzsanna Gulasci of North Arizona University presents a lecture on Zoroastrian and Manichaean images of the afterlife portrayed on stone sarcophagi and painted banners. The lecture explores the visual culture of death rituals during medieval times documented among Sogdian and Uyghur communities living in their Central Asian homelands and, as foreigners, in the capital cities of China.

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Asian Art and History 7

The Caves of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road

Tuesday, January 22, 2022, 10:30am
Signature Event Space
Mimi Gardner Gates, Ph.D., Director Emeritus of the Seattle Museum of Art and co-chair of the Dunhuang Foundation US

Mimi Gardner Gates presents a lecture exploring the Cave Temples of Dunhuang, located on the Silk Roads in northwest China. Spanning 1,000 years, the magnificent wall painting and sculpture in these grottoes, and the contents of a hidden cave rediscovered in 1900, are among the earliest and finest Buddhist works of art in China.

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Asian Art and History 8

Film and New Year’s Lunch
Film to be announced.

Tuesday, March 1, 2022, 10:30am
Signature Event Space

The Asian Art and History series concludes with a screening of a documentary film about the Silk Road, immediately followed by a special Chinese New Year luncheon.

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