Synopses & Reviews
"In an authoritative chronicle, Kessler presents the cultural history of Mongol nomads. These numerous tribes from the region of China known as the Northern Steppes created resonant objects that vividly allude to complex archaic cultures associated with the fabled Silk Road. Among the archaeological finds of this significant study are ancient textiles and highly refined glazed ceramics, and an amazing golden headdress remains a potent reminder of Chinese dynasties long past". -- Booklist
"Because of the nomadic nature of the 'empires beyond the Great Wall, ' it is through archaeological evidence that scholars construct their complex cultures. Kessier (UCLA) presents here the findings of Chinese work in the field, illustrated with relics from the collections of ten Chinese museums. The works in gold, bronze, ceramic, wood, and textile represent periods from 2000 BCE through the 14th century.... The dry climate lends itself to the preservation of materials, and the finds are truly extraordinary. Clearly the steppe peoples, as they conquered and reconquered China, perpetuated an unbroken interchange of culture. This exquisite book is an exceptional way to begin to understand these interchanges". -- Choice
"A book which is fascinating, thought-provoking, and extremely attractive to look at and handle". -- Royal Asiatic Society
Includes bibliographical references (p. 168-171) and index.