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Transcending Patterns

Silk Road Cultural and Artistic Interactions through Central Asian Textile Images

Mariachiara Gasparini (author) Anand A. Yang (Series edited by)
Kieko Matteson (Series edited by)

ISBN: 9780824888435

Publication Date: Dec 2020

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Investigates the origin and effects of a textile-mediated visual culture that developed at the heart of the Silk Road between the seventh and fourteenth centuries. Through the analysis of more than a thousand textiles, Gasparini discloses and reconstructs the rich cultural entanglements along the Silk Road.
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In Transcending Patterns: Silk Road Cultural and Artistic Interactions through Central Asian Textiles, Mariachiara Gasparini investigates the origin and effects of a textile-mediated visual culture that developed at the heart of the Silk Road between the seventh and fourteenth centuries. Through the analysis of the Turfan Textile Collection in the Museum of Asian Art in Berlin and more than a thousand textiles held in collections worldwide, Gasparini discloses and reconstructs the rich cultural entanglements along the Silk Road, between the coming of Islam and the rise of the Mongol Empire, from the Tarim to Mediterranean Basin. Exploring in detail the iconographic transfer between different agents and different media from Central Asian caves to South Italian churches, the author depicts and describes the movement and exchange of portable objects such as sculpture, wall painting, and silk fragments across the Asian continent and across the ages.

Gasparini's history offers critical perspectives that extend far beyond an outmoded notion of "Silk Road studies." Her cross-media work shows readers how certain material cultures are connected not only by the physical routes they take but also because of the meanings and interpretations these objects engage in various places. Transcending Patterns is at once art history, material and visual cultural history, Asian studies, conservatory studies, and linguistics.
Illustrations 20 colour, 27 black & white illustrations, 1 map
Pages 278
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Dec 2020
Publisher University of Hawai'i Press
Series Perspectives on the Global Past
Subject/s History of art / art & design styles   Business & management   Asian history   Exhibition catalogues & specific collections   Textile artworks   Fashion & textiles: design  
Mariachiara Garsparini received a PhD in transcultural studies and global art history from Heidelberg University, Germany. Her research focuses on Central Asian material culture, wall painting, artist's praxis, and Sino-Iranian and Turko-Mongol interactions. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in Asia. Since 2015 she has been teaching Asian art in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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