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17 March 2020THE SILK ROAD: ART, HISTORY AND EXPLORATION

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THE SILK ROAD: ART, HISTORY AND EXPLORATION Susan Whitfield Tuesday 17 March 2020

Starting by setting the subject in context with maps and artefacts, we will learn what is meant by ‘The Silk Road’, and some of the major events and cultures associated with it in the first millennium AD. We will then hear the story of some of the early 20th century archaeologists, in particular how Sir Aurel Stein uncovered forgotten civilisations from the desert sands of the Taklamakan, whose finds are now mainly in the British Museum and the British Library. Finally, we will be introduced to several wonderful pieces of art exemplifying the transmissions and interactions of peoples, faiths, technologies, materials and designs of the Silk Road, including a gilt silver flask, a glass bowl, a patterned silk, and a Buddhist votive plaque.

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