Art History: Silk Road

A library research guide that directs students to recommended and specialized online and print resources for their study of topics within Art History.

Silk Road Research

The Digital Silk Road's YouTube Channel.  (See box below for more details about the DSR.)

In the Marriott Library

Aurel Stein / Paul Pelliot --In the Library

Serindia : detailed report of explorations in Central Asia and westernmost China

Sir Aurel Stein (Delhi : Motilal Banarsidass, 1980-83) v. 1-3. Text -- v. 4. Plates -- v. 5. Maps.

Fine Arts Libary DS793 .S62 S72 1980

Grottes de Touen-Houang : carnet de notes de Paul Pelliot : inscriptions et peintures murales

Paul Pelliot (Paris : Collège de France, Instituts d'Asie, Centre de recherche sur l'Asie centrale et la Haute Asie, 1981-1992)  [1.] Grottes 1 à 30 -- 2. Grottes 31 à 72 -- 3. Grottes 73 à 111a -- 4. Grottes 112a à 120n -- 5. Grottes 120n à 146 -- 6. Grottes 146a à 182 et divers.

Fine Arts Library BQ244 .T84 P47 1981

Digital Silk Road

The Digital Silk Road is a research project on creating digital archives of cultural heritage through collaboration between informatics and humanities. Some of the projects sponsored by the DSR include:

Digital Archive of Toyo Bunko Rare Books  A digital archives (image database) of basic references on Silk Road, including 100+ rare books, through the digitization of whole books from cover to cover.

Digital Maps of Old Beijing  Study 250 years of change in Beijing revived with maps and photographs.

Silk Road Maps  Navigate the Silk Road on historical maps and digital maps (including Google Earth).

Stein Placename Database  Map of Innermost Asia and Index of Local Names made by Aurel Stein are here combined to recreate the index of placenames that takes advantage of the Web.

Database for Buddhist Cave Temples in China  Provides comparison table for cave numbers across the literature as well as images and links to related content:  Dunhuang Mogao Caves; Bezeklik Caves; Kizil Caves.

Silk Road Narratives  Narratives of various themes to understand Silk Road a little deeper.

Photographs of Past and Present  Visualize the historical change of places by taking present photographs from the same place and the same layout with old photographs.

Silk Road in Photographs  Views of Khotan, Turfan, Changji, Jimsar, Hami, Dunhuang, Anxi, Jiuquan, Lanzhou, and Xi'an.

3D Digital Archives  3D virtual resconstruction projects for the Citadel of Bam, Iran, and the Bezeklik Caves, China.

Search Terms

Silk road

Silk Road -- Antiquities

Silk Road -- Antiquities -- Exhibitions

Silk Road -- Biography

Silk Road -- Description and travel

Silk Road -- History

Silk road -- History -- Sources -- Congresses

Silk Road -- Maps

Silk Road -- Pictorial works

China -- Description and travel

China, Northwest -- History

China -- Pictorial works 

Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu (China) -- Pictorial works

Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu (China) -- Exhibitions

Gansu Sheng (China) -- Description and travel

Tadmur (Syria) -- Antiquities

Asia -- Civilization

Asia -- History

Asia -- Maps -- History

Asia, Central -- Antiquities 

Asia, Central -- Antiquities -- Exhibitions

Asia, Central -- History

Asia, Central -- Religion

Bronze age -- Asia, Central 

Bronze age -- Asia, Central -- Exhibitions

Cultural relations

Eurasia -- Commerce -- History

Silk industry -- Religious aspects

Silk industry -- Asia -- History

Silk industry -- Europe -- History

Trade routes -- China

Silk industry -- China -- History

Trade routes -- Asia -- History

Trade routes -- Eurasia -- History 

Islam -- Silk Road -- History 

Buddhism -- Silk Road -- History Art, Tantric-Buddhist -- Himalaya Mountains Region -- Exhibitions

Cartography -- Asia -- History 

Asia -- Historical geography -- Maps 

Dunhuang Caves (China) -- Antiquities

Dunhuang manuscripts

Dunhuang manuscripts -- Congresses

Dunhuang manuscripts -- History and criticism

Dunhuang Xian (Gansu Sheng, China)

Mural painting and decoration, Buddhist -- China -- Dunhuang Caves

Mural painting and decoration, Chinese -- China -- Dunhuang

Art, Buddhist -- China -- Dunhuang Caves

Buddhist mural painting and decoration -- China -- Dunhuang Xian

Art, Chinese -- China -- Dunhuang Xian (Gansu Sheng)

Art objects -- Asia, Central 

Landscape painting, Chinese

Inscriptions -- Silk Road

Stein, Aurel, Sir, 1862-1943

Paul Pelliot 1878-1945

Research Databases


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