This volume of The Silk Road begins with articles on costume, as depicted in a 6th-century tomb in China and in another of about a century later in Mongolia, both illustrating aspects of the cultural cross-fertilization between China and the nomadic cultures of the north. There is an article on tamgas which suggest connections across the Eurasian steppes. An examination of Indian cave paintings reveals Central Asian decorative elements. The famous Afrasiab murals get a fresh look. Early Iranian traditions help explain depictions of pain and mourning. Onomastics and considerations of genealogy offer new insights into early medieval nomad-sedentary relations in Western Eurasia. Three articles contain news of recent and ongoing excavations: at Rezvan Tepe in Iran, Banbhore in Pakistan, and Emgentiin Kherem in Mongolia. Two articles deal with carpet imagery, one offering an important new approach to understanding depictions in Renaissance paintings, the other illustrating ways o!
f studying the connection between Safavid carpet motifs and miniatures. Huang Wenbi, a previously little appreciated archaeologist who worked on Silk Road sites in the early 20th-century, is featured in the next article. The featured museums this time are the David Collection in Copenhagen and the Chinese collection of the Seattle Art Museum. As always, there are many reviews and book notices, the lead review on an exciting re-examination of Eurasian exchange by Toby Wilkinson.
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The Silk Road