Featured Topic: The Mongol Empire

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The Legacy of Genghis Khan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
An introduction to the legacy of Genghis Khan (ca. 1162–1227) and the Mongol Empire, which was "the largest empire ever to exist, spanning the entire Asian continent from the Pacific Ocean to modern-day Hungary in Europe." Related essays on the Mongol empire include: A New Visual Language Transmitted Across Asia; The Mongolian Tent; Takht-i Sulayman and Tile Work; Courtly Art; The Religious Arts; The Art of the Book; Folios from the Jami' al-tavarikh; and Folios from the Great Mongol Shahnama.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/khan1/hd_khan1.htm
Yuan, 1280-1365
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
"Mongol invader Genghis Khan and his hordes conquered much of Asia, including China; his grandson Kublai Khan established this dynasty, during which the Mongols reopened and expanded overland trade routes linking China, Central Asia, and the Mediterranean." A brief, one-paragraph overview, along with three maps (of the Mongol Empire, the Silk Road, and the Yuan Dynasty), a video clip featuring an MIA curator, and 20 objects representative of the period.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.artsmia.org/art-of-asia/history/dynasty-yuan.cfm
Yuan Dynasty (1279–1368)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A brief overview of artistic production during Yuan dynasty China. With 12 related artworks.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/yuan/hd_yuan.htm
In the Footsteps of Marco Polo: A Journey through the Met to the Land of the Great Khan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Follows the 24,000-mile journey of Marco Polo (1254-1324) from Italy through the Middle East and Central Asia to China and the court of Khubilai Khan.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/bibliography/?id=11542
Painting (during the Song and Yuan dynasties)
University of Washington, Visual Sourcebook of Chinese Civilization
"This unit covers not only developments in painting as a fine art, such as the development of landscape painting, but also looks at paintings for evidence of social life, both the commercial life of cities and private life at home." A Visual Sourcebook of Chinese Civilization was prepared by University of Washington history professor Patricia Buckley Ebrey. With questions for discussion, timelines, maps, and suggested readings. Select HOME to find link to teachers' guides for all topics featured on the website.

Go to Museum Resource: http://depts.washington.edu/chinaciv/painting/4ptgintr.htm
Takezaki Suenaga's Scrolls of the Mongol Invasions of Japan
Bowdoin College
An excellent interactive website with several versions of the recovered 13th-century scrolls commissioned by the Kyushu warrior Takezaki Suenaga, who fought against the Mongols during the invasions of 1274 and 1281. Viewers can compare the "original" (reassembled) 13th-century version to 18th- and 19th-century copies and also see a 21st-century reconstruction of the 13th-century version. Also features an illustrated glossary.

Go to Museum Resource: http://learn.bowdoin.edu/asian-studies/mongol-invasions/
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