CDR-1322: SR Set: Marco Polo and the Silk Road

Along the Silk Road linking the cultures of Asia with those of Europe, goods and raw materials--as well as knowledge, techniques, religions and cultural traditions--traveled east and west. Buddhism spread via the trade routes from India to China. Early representations of Buddha from Gandahara were influenced by Hellenistic elements from the west. Cobalt blue first decorated ceramics in Iraq in the 10th century, later emerging as a Ming jar, then traveling westward to become blue and white Delftware. Tying the east and west together along the ancient trade routes through desert and mountains were nomadic peoples, traveling commercial merchants on their camels, spreading cultural wealth over centuries of exchange. Marco Polo was the first Westerner to write about his travels along the Silk Road to China, inspiring other travelers and influencing European map-making.



Met-1937
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Title: Torso of a Monumental Bodhisattva (Maitreya or possibly Avalokitesvara)
Vendor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Met-05818
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Title: Zeichen-Mal und Stickereibuch zur Selbstbelehrung für Damen, Zweiter Teil; Self-Study Book of Drawing, Painting and Embroidery for Ladies
Creator(s): Johann Friedrich Netto
Description: Silk embroidery of first plate opposite title page
Vendor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Kfe-0002
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Title: Le Parement de Narbonne: Crucifixion with Scenes from the Passion and Resurrection of Christ
Description: Betrayal of Judas, Flagellation, Christ Carrying the Cross
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.
Met-05697
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Title: Ensemble
Description: 3/4 Left, from back; Dress (round gown) of green silk damask, with English back, closed front, three-quarter sleeves (1994.406a)
Vendor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Met-1841
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Title: Wrestler's Weight with Hercules and the Nemean Lion; reverse: Wrestling Scene
Description: Obverse
Vendor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Met-1842
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Title: Wrestler's Weight with Hercules and the Nemean Lion; reverse: Wrestling Scene
Description: Reverse
Vendor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art