Ancient Silk Trade Routes: Selected Works from Symposium on by Dashu Qin, Jian Yuan

By Dashu Qin, Jian Yuan

As key nodes that hooked up historic silk routes traversing China, Japan and India, buying and selling hubs, cities and towns in Java and Sumatra and different areas in Asia have been key vacation spot issues for retailers, clergymen and different itinerants plying those routes.

contemporary archaeological excavations in international locations bordering the South China Sea and round the Indian Ocean unveiled striking similarities in artifacts recovered either on land and from the ocean. The similarities underlined the various features of local exchanges and cross-cultural impacts between humans and locations in those networks. the various findings point out a different chinese language presence within the advertisement, social and non secular actions of those early Asian buying and selling posts.

This e-book collects papers from the symposium on historical Silk alternate Routes — move Cultural Exchanges and Their Legacies in Asia. It explores a number of threads coming up from this nearby alternate of products and concepts, specifically, the cross-cultural dimensions of the exchanges within the components of fabric exchange, ceramic routes, buying and selling hubs, arts and artifacts and Buddhism.

Readership: lecturers, undergraduate and graduates scholars, execs drawn to old silk routes, archaeology, Buddhism, Borobudur, and ceramics alternate.

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They were written from the third to the fourth century. Amongst these various documents, some have a mention of coins but other forms of money were used and barter also played an important role. These documents also mention textiles used as payment or part payment, particularly silk, tavastaga carpets, Kojava rugs and felt garments. Silk was a very common currency used in China from the Warring States period (475–221 BC) and by the mid third century BC. There was a standard unit of textile money, which has an equivalent value in coin.

The selvedge has a blue and a buff color stripe and the weft yarn turns back at the selvedge and continues the pattern. indd 47 12/9/2014 5:13:49 PM b1840 Ancient Silk Trade Routes: Cross Cultural Exchanges and Their Legacies in Asia Ancient Silk Trade Routes: Cross Cultural Exchanges and Their Legacies in Asia Fig. 7: Fig. 01. L. C 07, a, b; 2000/10/25. This lozenge shaped felt pad (Fig. 9) has embroidered silk on top. The finds from the Silk Route now housed in various museums have embroidered fabrics, garments and other end products in abundance.

Horizontally four different characters are placed throughout the width at equal intervals. The width of the fabric is 47 cm. Figure 14 depicts a silk fabric with striped warps. It creates patterns of peacock feathers and inscriptions. indd 51 12/9/2014 5:14:04 PM b1840 Ancient Silk Trade Routes: Cross Cultural Exchanges and Their Legacies in Asia Ancient Silk Trade Routes: Cross Cultural Exchanges and Their Legacies in Asia Fig. C vii. 326; 2000/10/60; Chinese lapidary characters on silk. Fig. 017 (iv); 2000/10/46.

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