- Editors: Linda Komaroff and Stefano Carboni
- Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Pages: 336
- Illustrations: 280 (200 in full color)
- Binding: Clothbound, with jacket
- Dimensions: 9 1/4'' x 12 1/4''
- ISBN: 9780300096910
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Under the leadership of Genghis Khan (ca. 1167–1227) , an army of nomadic horsemen swept across Asia in the thirteenth century, creating one of the largest empires the world has ever known. The Mongols imposed enormous changes over their conquered lands, but at the same time were profoundly influenced by the developed civilizations of their new subjects. Greater Iran was ruled for a century (1256– 1353) by the Mongol dynasty known as the Ilkhanids. These Mongol masters first opposed and then enthusiastically adopted Islam. They became sponsors of a brilliant cultural flourishing that encompassed the writing of histories, city- building, and many branches of the arts. Local Persian artistic traditions were themselves transformed by Mongol preferences and by contacts with the arts of Europe and especially China, as wares and craftsmen from China and Iran traveled back and forth across the empire. More than two hundred outstanding objects exemplifying various facets of the arts are illustrated in color and fully described in this catalogue. Eight distinguished scholars in the field present the historical and political background of the Ilkhanid era and address such subjects as manuscript illustration, religious art, and the transmission of design motifs across Asia.
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