Along the Silk Road

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Washington, DC 2002 Trade paperback First edition. New. Ship in sturdy box with bubble wrap. Trade paperback (US). Sewn binding. 144 p. Contains: Illustrations. Asian Art and ... Culture. Audience: General/trade. Read more Show Less

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The cellist Yo Yo Ma is the founder of the Silk Road Project, designed to promote knowledge of the history, arts, and culture of an area spanning Central Asia into China. The Project was the guiding force behind this catalog, published by the U. of Washington Press for the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian. Chapters present essays and photos on music, textiles, astrology, sacred sites (featuring the photos of Kenro Izu), ancient bronzes, Iranian film, and an interview with Ma. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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This enchanting book is filled with the romance of an exotic place with a long, multicultural history. For many centuries, the Silk Road was the most cosmopolitan region of the world, thriving on the caravan trade that spread religions as well as silk and other goods throughout the area. The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution joined the Silk Road Project, Inc., a nonprofit organization founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, to produce this informative volume on Central Asian art and culture. The first chapter presents a conversation between Yo-Yo Ma and ethnomusicologist Theodore Levin about global musical traditions and the series of concerts sponsored by the Silk Road Project to infuse contemporary music of the region with traditional music. In other chapters, archeologist Elizabeth Barber discusses the history of Central Asian clothing, textiles, and rituals; art historian Elizabeth ten Grotenhuis focuses on a Japanese Star mandala—a pictorial image of Buddhist enlightenment—to reflect on Buddhist astrology and astronomy; photographer Kenro Izu and art historian Debra Diamond present images of sacred sites along the Silk Road; material scientist Merton C. Flemings discusses the interchange of technology along the Silk Road throughout history; and film historian Hamid Naficy presents an overview of Iranian filmmaking and discusses the combination of Eastern and Western influences found in this newest artistic medium to spread across the Silk Road. Interspersed throughout the book are 90 beautiful reproductions of art works from major museum collections and archival photographs of important historical sites as well as photographs of performers,craftspeople, monasteries, and cave sites. A glossary, maps, a timeline, an annotated bibliography, and an extensive index all help to make this a thought-provoking and user-friendly volume KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2002, Univ. of Washington Press, 144p. illus. map. bibliog. index.,
— Rhonda Cooper
Library Journal
The famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma started the Silk Road Project in 1998 to further cultural study of a swathe of countries from Japan to France that lie along the old trade routes across Asia, which facilitated the exchange of goods like silk and spices. Also exchanged were ideas governing disparate facets of culture, like music, art, and philosophy. This book was assembled to accompany various festivals, concerts, films, and CDs associated with the project. Seven illustrated chapters by seven authors cover the history of Iranian cinema, the textiles of Central Asia, metalworking technology transfer, astrology, sacred sites of the Silk Road, the music of China, and a conversation with Ma. The material is fascinating, and the presentation is clear and accessible to nonscholars, but unfortunately no framework is provided; the only links are geographical. A further discussion of cultural connections would have been welcome, but the beautiful illustrations do hint at a rich cultural heritage. Recommended for Asian studies collections in academic or larger public libraries. David McClelland, Philadelphia Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295981826
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Series: Asian Art and Culture Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 7.86 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 6
Acknowledgments 10
Terms Used in This Book 11
Map of Silk Road Lands 12
Introduction: The Silk Road, Ancient and Contemporary 15
1 A Conversation with Yo-Yo Ma 15
2 Melodic Migration in Northwest China 39
3 Fashioned from Fiber 57
4 Astrology and a Japanese Star Mandala 73
5 Sacred Sites along the Silk Road 92
6 Traveling Technologies 107
7 Iranian Cinema: A Brief Take on a Long History 123
Further Reading 140
Index 142
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