The Legacy of Genghis Khan: Courtly Art and Culture in Western Asia, 1256-1353

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Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2002 - Art - 322 pages
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In the 13th century, under the leadership of Genghis Khan, nomadic horsemen burst out of Mongolia and began their sweep across Asia, creating the largest empire the world has ever known. Particularly in China and Iran (Persia), the results were far-reaching: the Mongols imposed enormous changes but were also influenced by the highly developed civilizations of their new subjects. During the century they ruled Iran - the period of the Ilkhanid dynasty (1256 to 1353) - the Mongols adopted Islam and sponsored a brilliant cultural flowering that encompassed many branches of the arts and transformed local Persian artistic traditions.

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So you thought Genghis Khan was a rapacious warlord who swept down out of Mongolia and captured half the known world in a particularly bloody manner? That is indeed true, but there is another side ... Read full review

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Stefano Carboni is Curator and Administrator in the Department of Islamic Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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