Sunday, 3 April 2011
The Silk Road in the Dallas Museum of Art
New Silk Road Installation of from Eurasia On View in the Museum’s Third Floor Galleries
The fabled Silk Road was a network of trade routes that crossed Eurasia from China and Japan to Europe and the Mediterranean world. Sea routes led across the South China Sea, the Indian Ocean, and the Arabian Sea between the Near East and eastern Asia. A significant stretch went from Afghanistan into India, tying together Persia, central Asia, and the Indian subcontinent.
The lifeblood of the Silk Road was trade in valuable goods, ranging from Chinese silk, for which the route was named, to inventions like gunpowder and printing, to spices, perfumes, medicines, glassware, gold, silver, and rare jewels like rubies, emeralds, sapphires, and lapis lazuli. All the great religions of Eurasia traveled along the Silk Road. A variety of works in the Dallas Museum of Art’s collections illustrate how this great route of communications developed. Curated by Dr. Anne Bromberg, The Cecil and Ida Green Curator of Ancient and Asian Art at the DMA, The Silk Road features more than 90 works including the carved limestone Bust of man from Palmyra and the stone sculpture from the 14th century Ganesha. Other highlights include an important loan from Southern Methodist University, the Japanese Karura Gigaku mask and works from local collectors. For more about Dr. Bromberg, Uncrated recently sat down with the Museum’s longtime curator for a Q&A.
Dr. Bromberg will lead a gallery talk Art and the Silk Road on Wednesday April 27 at 12:15 p.m. and Elizabeth Wayland Barber, scholar and author, will explore the Silk Road in The Boshell Family Lecture Series on Archaeology on Thursday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. For updated programming information, please visit please visit our Programs page.
Images from left to right: Japan, Karura Gigaku mask, c. 700-900, dry lacquer, Mary McCord/Edyth Renshaw Collection on the Perfoming Arts, Jerry Bywaters Special Collections, Hamon Arts Library, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas; Syria: Palmyra, Bust of a man, Mid to late 2nd century A.D., carved limestone, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of David T. Owsley via the Alvin and Lucy Owsley Foundation and the Alconda-Owsley Foundation in honor of Fred M. Penn; Java, Majapahit Empire, Indonesia, Ganesha, A.D. 14th century, stone, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Art Association Purchase.
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