When Silk Was Gold: Central Asian and Chinese Textiles
by Watt, James C. Y. and Anne E. Wardwell et al.
New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1997. Softcover. NF but for a hint of cover rubbing.. Teal and color-illus. wraps with white lettering. 238 pp., many color & BW illus., including 4 maps. Issued in conjunction with severalo 1997-1998 exhibitions "devoted exclusively to luxury silks and embroideries produced in Central Asia and China from the eighth to the early fifteenth century. Drawn from the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cleveland Museum of Art, the textiles are remarkable not only for their dazzling display of technical virtuosity but also for their historical significance, reflecting in their techniques and patterns shifts in the balance of power between Central Asia and China that occurred as dynasties rose and fell and empires expanded and dissolved." (dj) With an essay by Morris Rossari, and a variety of glossaries as well as a selected bibliography. The annotated and illustrated catalogue addresses 64 pieces. A nice selection.
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