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A gilded silver wine rhyton in the form of an antelope’s head demonstrate
s the aesthetics of the Sasanian Empire (224-651), located in today’s Iran. A gilded bronze 上海会所
standing Buddha bearing strong Greek influences is believed to have originated in what is currently Kashmir.
上海会所Six ewers from the period reflect the common influences shared acros
s the different cultures along the Silk Road, and one of them, a 50-centimeter-tall gold
ewer, represents a tasteful blend of their styles. It is believed to have been made by the Sogdian people for a c 上海会所
ustomer looking for a piece that combined Tang, Sasanian and Central Asian influences.
“When you put them side by side, you can see their shared cultural influen
上海会所品茶微信ces, since they employ similar shapes and images,” Pritzker says. “Patterns similar to the on
es found on the ewers can be seen in some of the silk pieces on display. Some similar images can also be found in Cave 158.
“They are closely related, but this is the first time that they can be seen together,” he adds.
According to Huo Wei, an archaeology professor from Chengdu-based Sichuan Universit 上海会所
y, the rising power of the Tubo regime in the latter half of the 9th century enabled it to build up a huge n
etwork of trade routes connecting it with the rest of China, South Asia and Central Asia. 上海会所品茶微信
“The Tubo people introduced Buddhist art from the Tang regions an
d what was today’s Nepal, along with techniques in craftsmanship for making gold and silver art
上海会所ifacts from Persia,” Huo explains. “It amassed a huge number of silk pieces through trade, despite the fact that Tubo pe
ople never learned how to make silk, probably due to the restrictions within their natural environment.
“We like to refer to it as the Silk Road on the Plateau,” he explains. “It was an indispensable part of the ancient Silk Road.” 上海会所品茶微信
Pritzker says: “Studies of Tibetan culture around the world have largely been influen
ced by the dominance of Buddhism, and it tends to overshadow other aspects. Nowadays, we are starting to
understand the importance of the cultural exchanges that went beyond religion.”