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When silk was gold : Central Asian and Chinese textiles

James C. Y. Watt, Anne E. Wardwell (Author), Morris Rossabi (Contributor), Cleveland Museum of Art (Host institution), Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.) (Host institution)
The material presented in this volume significantly extends what has been known to date of Asian textiles produced from the Tang (618-907) through the early Ming period (late 14th-early 15th century), and new documentation gives full recognition to the importance of luxury textiles in the history of Asian art. Costly silks and embroideries were the primary vehicle for the migration of motifs and styles from one part of Asia to another, particularly during the Tang and Mongol (1207-1368) periods. In addition, they provide material evidence of both the cultural and religious ties that linked ethnic groups and the impetus to artistic creativity that was inspired by exposure to foreign goods
Print Book, English, 1997
Metropolitan Museum of Art in cooperation with the Cleveland Museum of Art, New York, 1997
Ausstellung Cleveland (Ohio) 1997
x, 238 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 31 cm.
9780870998256, 9780870998270, 9780810965133, 9780300086720, 9780300200300, 0870998250, 0870998277, 0810965135, 0300086725, 0300200307
Directors' Forewordvii(1)
Note to the Readerx
The Silk Trade in China and Central Asia7(1)
Map of the Tang Dynasty and the Silk Roads, ca. 750
Map of the Northern Song, the Liao, and Their Neighbors
Map of the Southern Song, the Jin, and Their Neighbors
Map of the Mongol Empire
1. Early Exchanges: Silks from the 8th through the 11th Century
2. Kesi: Silk Tapestry
3. Brocades of the Jin and Mongol Periods
4. Luxury-Silk Weaving under the Mongols
5. Embroideries
Weaving Terms213(2)
Embroidery Stitches215(2)
Chinese and Japanese Names and Terms217(6)
Bibliography of Works Cited223(10)
Photograph Credits238
Catalog accompanying an exhibition opening at the Cleveland Museum of Art, 10-19-97 through 1-4-98 and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 3-3-98 through 5-17-98
Glossary of Chinese and Japanese Names and Terms: in Chinese with Pinyin