Silk as currency: examples from Dunhuang

Thursday 1 June 2017, 13.30-14.30
BP Lecture Theatre
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In this presentation, Helen Wang, British Museum, shares some of the highlights of the current project Textiles as Money on the Silk Road.

The paintings discovered at the Mogao grottoes, Dunhuang, north-west China in the 20th century, contain a storehouse of information about the silks used and traded across the Silk Road during the time of this important Buddhist site’s usage from the 5th to 13th centuries. But silk was not just about beauty, fashion, luxury trade and religious devotion – it was a form of money.

Presented in collaboration with the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts.

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Silk as currency: examples from Dunhuang

Thursday 1 June 2017

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