Saturday 27 January 2018, 10.30 - 17.00 BP Lecture Theatre £28, Members/concessions £20
The region known throughout history as the Silk Road (or more correctly Roads) is obscure to many in the English-speaking world. Yet this is where civilisation itself began, where the world's great religions were born and took root.
The Silk Roads were no exotic series of connections, but networks that linked continents and oceans together. Along them flowed ideas, goods, disease and death. This was where empires were won and lost.
This one-day study day, presented in collaboration with History Hit Live and programmed with historian Peter Frankopan, will present the vast history of the ancient Silk Roads in an accessible way, and is open to all.
Join British Museum curators from the Departments of Asia, Prints and Drawings, and Britain, Europe and Prehistory in this one-day study day discussing historical and modern ceramics that have political and other messages, which have been inspired by prints and printmaking.
Since the introduction of paper and woodblock printing in China around AD 600, through to the invention of woodcuts printed on paper and the printing press in Germany in the 15th century, the print medium has been used around the world to disseminate ideas and knowledge. Ceramic artists across time and cultures have adapted these graphic sources as painted or transfer-printed images applied onto glazed or unglazed surfaces to express issues including piety, propaganda, self-promotion, gender, national and regional identities.
This study day is open to all, and will draw on the over 500,000 records catalogued by the Prints and Drawing department, which can be searched on the British Museum’s collection online.