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From 'A History of the World in 100 Objects'

Silk Princess Painting

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Silk Princess Painting

Silk Princess painting, China, 7th-8th century AD. This panel comes from Dandan-oilik (Place of Houses with Ivory), a Buddhist sanctuary in Khotan. Before the advent of Islam in the 8th century AD, Khotan was a thriving ancient kingdom along the Southern Silk Route.


Originally presented as a BBC radio series and now a book published in America, "A History of the World in 100 Objects" tells the story of humanity using artifacts selected from the British Museum.

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