Fwd: [SCA-JML] Secrets of the Silk Road, coming to Houston TX and Philadelphia PA
- Wow. I haven't seen this exhibit, but we have Barbara's book on the
Mummies of Urumchi and that is just fascinating. I am looking forward
to seeing this in Philly next year.
Anyone who is interested in the Silk Road should get out and see this stuff.
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From: wodeford <wodeford@...>
Date: Tue, Jul 27, 2010 at 11:32 AM
Subject: [SCA-JML] Secrets of the Silk Road, coming to Houston TX and
Speaking of sensational titles with "Secrets" in them, here's a
sensational exhibit that lives up to it.
Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston, TX, August 27, 2010 –
January 2, 2011
and the Penn Museum, Philadelphia, PA, February 5 - June 5, 2011
I had to make a trip down to LA, found out about this at the last
minute and was lucky enough to fit in a visit on the final weekend of
this exhibition at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana.
If you're interested in archaeology, particularly of Silk Road
cultures, it's marvelous! The mummies and artifacts from Urumchi were
fascinating (and touching), but there were also a number of funerary
artifacts, textiles and so forth from the T'ang Dynasty
(contemporaneous with Heian Japan) that were really interesting
regional (in some cases rustic) variants on the sorts of things that
I'm familiar with from the Shoso-in collection. The one that had me
bouncing enough to alert a curious docent was a miniature sugoroku
table that bears a strong resemblance to the one from the Shoso-in,
pictured on Effingham-sensei's website:
The Bowers is out of copies of the exhibition catalogue, but it looks
like the Penn Museum has them available through their website and
museum shop already.
Saionji no Hanae
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