Chess Along The Silk Road

Chess Along The Silk Road

Chess Along the Silk Road The modern game of chess is a perfect example of cultural exchange along the silk roads. Starting in the North-West of the Indian subcontinent, it entered Persia sometime around the 6th century CE. The game was carried to China by Buddhist...
The Timurid Court

The Timurid Court

The Timurid Court Even by the standards of the time, Timur’s wars of conquest were particularly murderous but he did manage to carve an empire that stretched from Persia to the frontiers of China t. He and his successors promoted the arts and sciences and embellished...
Sogdians: Silk Road Traders

Sogdians: Silk Road Traders

Sogdians: Silk Road Traders The Sogdians were originally an eastern Iranian civilisation but were later concentrated in Central Asia, with Samarkand as the main city. Literally straddling the ancient silk roads, many became traders and settled in communities...
Map Room 700-1500CE

Map Room 700-1500CE

Map Room 700-1500CE This is the latest version of an electronic library of resources supporting the Map Room exhibition. It offers free and immediate access to online resources for anyone wanting to explore further the context of the exhibition’s maps. As the museum...
Mamluk Glass

Mamluk Glass

Mamluk Glass 1250-1400CE This is the latest version of an electronic library of resources supporting the exhibition devoted to glass production under the Mamluk rulers of Egypt. It offers free and immediate access to online resources for anyone wanting to explore...
Trowulan (1293-1450/1500) Majapahit (Java)

Trowulan (1293-1450/1500) Majapahit (Java)

Trowulan 1293-1450/1500 |Majapahit (Java) The Majapahit kingdom was the last Hindu-Buddhist empire in the Indonesian archipelago. Trowulan was its capital. At its height, the kingdom controlled a  vast network of tribute relations (the exact nature of which is even...