All articles for the latest issue can be accessed at: https://edspace.american.edu/silkroadjournal/volume-17-2019/
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Did Richthofen Really Coin “the Silk Road”?
An Interview with Roderick Whitfield on the Stein Collection in the British Museum
Sonya S. Lee
Faces of the Buddha: Lorenzo Pullè and the Museo Indiano in Bologna, 1907-35
Knotted Carpets from the Taklamakan: A Medium of Ideological and Aesthetic Exchange on the Silk Road, 700 BCE-700 CE
Some Notes on Sogdian Costume in Early Tang China
Sergey A. Yatsenko
An Analysis of Modern Chinese Colophons on the Dunhuang Manuscripts
Justin M. Jacobs
Camel Fairs in India: A Photo Essay
Robert N. Spengler III, Fruit from the Sands: The Silk Road Origins of the Food We Eat
Thomas T. Allsen, The Steppe and the Sea: Pearls in the Mongol Empire
Roman Hautala, Crusaders, Missionaries, and Eurasian Nomads in the 13th-14th Centuries
Charles J. Halperin
István Zimonyi, Medieval Nomads in Eastern Europe
Charles J. Halperin
Baumer and Novák, eds., Urban Cultures of Central Asia from the Bronze Age to the Karakhanids
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The latest volume of The Silk Road brings the production of fresh knowledge and dissemination of exciting new discoveries derived from the lands and peoples who continue to animate the historical rubric of the Silk Road. Our excursion through place and time begins with a fascinating archaeological report by Marina Kulinovskaia and Pavel Leus on recently excavated Xiongnu graves in Tuva, lavishly illustrated with nearly fifty color photographs from the field.
From the first article on Xiongnu graves in Tuva (Fig. 49), a richly adorned tomb of a female corpse with a striking turquoise belt buckle. Image used with permission from Justin Jacobs.
We are then treated to Jin Noda’s analysis of Japanese intelligence agents in Russian and Qing Inner Asia during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Next up is Zhang Zhan’s in-depth reassessment of ancient Sogdian documents from Khotan and what they can tell us about the status and occupations of these far-flung travelers during the first millennium CE. Zhang’s philological analysis is followed by Li Sifei’s investigation into the complex subject of Chinese perceptions of “Persians” and “Sogdians” during the Northern Zhou, Sui, and Tang dynasties. Marina Rodionova and Iakov Frenkel’ then encourage us to transfer our attention to the other, far less popularized end of the Silk Road, with a detailed case study of how a Mongol-era Chinese celadon made its way to the Novgorod Kremlin in Russia.
The Mongol backdrop plays an even more important role in Samuel Rumschlag’s sophisticated comparison of bow, saddle, and stirrup technology among different nomadic polities throughout Eurasian history. Finally, we have Matteo Compareti’s creative reading of the literary and artistic influences to be found in the painted programs of the great eastern Iranian hero Rustam in the Blue Hall at Panjikent. The issue concludes with reviews of two recent and important books by Susan Whitfield and Donald S. Lopez, Jr., along with detailed notices of other new books compiled—as generously and meticulously as before—by our former editor Daniel Waugh. In addition, Daniel Waugh has also contributed in innumerable other ways to the production of this volume, not least of which were his expert translations into English of the two articles originally co-authored in Russian.
Justin M. Jacobs, Editor
Image of cover used here with permission of Justin Jacobs