This exhibit was organized as part of Silk Road Seattle, a
collaborative public education project exploring cultural interaction across Eurasia from the
first century BCE to the sixteenth century CE. Silk Road Seattle is sponsored by the Walter
Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities at the University of Washington. Images of art
objects are provided through the kind cooperation of museums and photographers around the world.
The primary goal of the exhibit is to employ the Internet in an innovative way to enable the
interested public anywhere in the world to experience the art of the Silk Road, and to promote
such future collaborations across the boundaries of museum collections. By introducing a
wide variety of art from multiple locations, we hope to encourage viewers to visit the museums
where the objects are housed, since art must, in the first instance, be viewed directly.
We have selected the objects with three considerations in mind. The first is that the
material should complement the Silk Road Seattle lecture series and serve as a teaching
and learning resource for educators and their students. The second is to highlight a number
of cultures and artistic issues such as the nomadic peoples of Central and East Asia, which
are often neglected in discussions of the art of the Silk Road. Finally, the exhibition
provides us with a chance to examine high quality art that has not always been included in
the various fine Silk Road publications and exhibitions organized up to this point.
We hope you enjoy the exhibit, and encourage you to return often.