The Legacy of Genghis Khan: Courtly Art and Culture in Western Asia, 1256-1353

The Legacy of Genghis Khan: Courtly Art and Culture in Western Asia, 1256-1353

by Linda Komaroff
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300096917

ISBN-13: 9780300096910

Pub. Date: 10/28/2002

Publisher: Yale University Press

"Under the leadership of Genghis Khan, nomadic horsemen burst out of Mongolia in the thirteenth century and began their sweep across Asia, creating the largest empire the world has ever known. Particularly in Iran and China, the results were far-reaching: the Mongols imposed enormous changes but at the same time were profoundly influenced by the highly developed…  See more details below

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"Under the leadership of Genghis Khan, nomadic horsemen burst out of Mongolia in the thirteenth century and began their sweep across Asia, creating the largest empire the world has ever known. Particularly in Iran and China, the results were far-reaching: the Mongols imposed enormous changes but at the same time were profoundly influenced by the highly developed civilizations of their new subjects. Greater Iran was ruled for a century (1256-1353) by the Mongol dynasty known as the Ilkhanids. These Mongol masters first opposed and then enthusiastically adopted Islam. They became sponsors of a brilliant cultural flowering that encompassed the writing of histories, city-building, and many branches of the arts. Local Persian artistic traditions were themselves transformed by Mongol preferences and by contracts with the arts of Europe and especially China, as wares and craftsmen from China and Iran traveled back forth across the empire." More than two hundred outstanding objects exemplifying all these branches of the arts are illustrated in color and fully described in this catalogue. Eight distinguished scholars in the field present the historical and political background of the Ilkhanid era and address such subjects as manuscript illustration, religious art, and the transmission of design motifs across Asia. Also included are two technical studies, maps, a genealogical chart, and a complete bibliography.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300096910
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Series:
Metropolitan Museum of Art Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
9.33(w) x 12.29(h) x 1.33(d)

Table of Contents

Directors' Foreword
Acknowledgments
Lenders to the Exhibition
Contributors to the Catalogue
Notes to the Reader
Introduction: On the Eve of the Mongol Conquest2
1The Mongols and Their Legacy12
2The Mongols in Iran36
3A Note on Artistic Exchanges in the Mongol Empire62
4Ilkhanid Courtly Life74
5The Religious Art of the Ilkhanids104
6The Arts of the Book in Ilkhanid Iran134
7The Transmission and Dissemination of a New Visual Language168
8Synthesis: Continuity and Innovation in Ilkhanid Art196
Technical Study 1: Close Examination of Leaves from the Great Mongol Shahnama226
Technical Study 2: The Glazed Press-Molded Tiles of Takht-i Sulaiman233
Catalogue243
Bibliography289
Index309
Photograph Credits322

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